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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:34 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

St. Louis wins another Lady Byng

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for a second straight season on Wednesday night.

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of
sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."

St. Louis was the runaway winner with 70 first-place votes and a total of 994 points. Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom -- who won his seventh Norris Trophy on Wednesday night as the League's best defenseman -- finished second in the voting for the fifth time in his career. Lidstrom tallied 464 points.

Also a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player, St. Louis had 31 goals, 68 assists and just 12 penalty minutes (which matched last season's career-low). He had points in each of the final nine games of the regular season and 15 of the last 17 to help the Lightning finish fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Tampa Bay rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games. The Lightning then swept the Washington Capitals in Round 2 before losing to the Boston Bruins in a tremendous seven-game Eastern Conference Final.

"This is a great honor to be here," St. Louis told the audience after repeating as the Lady Byng winner. "Thanks to the organization and everybody that has supported me all the way through this."

While St. Louis is now a two-time winner of the Lady Byng, Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk took the award home the previous four years (2006-09).




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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:18 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Laperriere wins Masterton Trophy

Ian Laperriere, who spent his season on the sidelines due to injuries, is this year's recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

Laperriere sustained a severe injury during the 2010 playoffs when he blocked a shot with his head during Philadelphia's first-round series against New Jersey, sustaining a concussion and a fractured orbital bone. He returned to play during the Final. Laperriere attempted to play during in training camp, but could not overcome his concussion-related symptoms and has been on the long-term injury list all season.

Nevertheless, he has served the Flyers in several capacities, particularly as a mentor for young players in the organization.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 8:03 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Gillis named top GM

For building the team that won the Presidents' Trophy, Vancouver's Mike Gillis was given the General Manager's Award.

Gillis built the most successful team in Canucks' history; this year's team finished with 117 points and became the first team in 33 years to lead the NHL in offense and defense.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:51 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Skinner wins the Calder Memorial Trophy

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League's top rookie on Wednesday night.

Skinner, who turned 19 last month, was Carolina's first-round pick (No. 7) at the 2010 Entry Draft.

He appeared in all 82 games for the Hurricanes and 31 goals, 32 assists and 46 penalty minutes. His 63 points finished second on the club, trailing only veteran center Eric Staal (76).
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:47 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Bylsma wins Jack Adams Award

He didn't lead his team to the Stanley Cup as he did two years earlier, but Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.

The Penguins came in fourth in the East with 106 points, barely failing to overtake Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division title, despite not having Jordan Staal for most of the first half of the season and playing without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for the second half.

Bylsma beat out Vancouver's Alain Vigneault, who led the Canucks to the Presidents' Trophy, and Nashville's Barry Trotz
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:27 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Kesler takes home the 2011 Frank J. Selke Trophy

Vancouver's Ryan Kesler was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League's best defensive forward on Wednesday night.

The third time proved to be the charm for Kesler, who had been nominated but lost in each of the past two seasons.

Kesler was a key component of a Vancouver team that won the Presidents' Trophy and carried the Canucks all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. He had a league-best for forwards in the blocked-shot category (80) and also delivered 124 hits and 65 takeaways. Kesler also had a career-best 57. 4 percent success rate in the faceoff circle.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:20 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Chara wins the Mark Messier Leadership Award

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara was named the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone winner Wednesday night.

Messier, the NHL legend, hailed Chara not only for his on-ice contributions as the team captain, but also for his off-ice charitable initiatives.

Chara, who was up for the Norris Trophy, but lost to Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, is a long-time supporter of Right To Play, a program that uses sport to improve thge lives of children from disadvantaged areas. He also was a big contributor to the Bruins' PJ Drive and Cuts for a Cause.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:13 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

Lidstrom wins the 2011 Norris Trophy


Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom won the 2011 Norris Trophy, his seventh time winning the award for the League's best defenseman.

Boston's Zdeno Chara and Nashville's Shea Weber were the other finalists.

Lidstrom was second in scoring among defenseman with 62 points, including a personal best 11-game scoring streak. He played more than 23 minutes a game for the Red Wings.

Lidstrom tied Hall of Famer Doug Harvey by winning the Norris for the seventh time. Bobby Orr holds the record with eight.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 6:08 PM

By Bob Condor -  NHL.com Editor-in-Chief /NHL.com - NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

It's hot out here in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Dave Lozo is live-blogging the Red Carpet show streaming live on NHL.com and, of course, on our cross-platform colleagues on NHL Network. But Dave, as he ruefully mentioned, is not here in Vegas but instead is parked on his sofa or favorite bean-bag chair. So, let's see, Lozo is propped with beverage and laptop. That means one of the two of us here in Vegas have to venture outside to check up on the red carpet fans. Lozo: cool and collected and steps from the fridge. One of us, in this case, me, outside in 108 degrees, not cool and a bit clammy.

Here's the outdoor report. Fans are braving 108 degrees temperature that no doubt trended crazy-hot higher on the heat index in the mid-day sun. Forty-five minutes before players arrived the gated red carpet line was five deep in some places. Folks were decked out in all sorts of jerseys despite the heat (and Lozo's sofa wise cracks, er, wisdom about donning T-shirts rather than jerseys in 100-plus temps). Top team choices were Bruins (naturally), Red Wings and a good run of Blackhawks (including a vintage Mikita, nice). Latecomers were lined up to buy team and Awards merchandise at a nearby shaded gear booth.

A number of smart fans were positioned by a line of misting machines. Others went with umbrellas, which don't exactly cool as well as misters but reduce the sunburn factor. Of course, no one out there is as cool as Lozo in the bean-bag chair back East.
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Posted On Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 5:16 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

Visiting Sea Life

The Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America is the world's largest of its kind, and it was an interesting experience.

There was an array of hands-on spots where the prospects handled starfish and hermit crabs. Then it was inside with blacklighting for spectacular glowing jellyfish.

After that it was into the walk-through aquarium, where you were surrounded by water and sea life on all sides.

The sharks were clearly the favorites.

"Seeing all the sharks and getting close to them was pretty cool," Jonathan Huberdeau said.

"The sharks were awesome," added Adam Larsson. "I had never seen one before."

After a quick visit to the LEGO Promenade, it's time for a quick bite to eat at Soul Daddy, the restaurant owned by Jamawn Woods, winner of NBC's "America's Next Great Restaurant."

Back with more in a bit.

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