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St. Louis Named Lady Byng Finalist

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis has been named a finalist for the 2008-09 Lady Byng Trophy, the National Hockey League announced today. It is his fourth time being a finalist for the award, given to the player "who has exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk and New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise are the other finalists.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 18, during the 2009 NHL Awards show that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

Hockey Hall of Fame forward Frank Boucher, the only player in League history to capture the award for four consecutive seasons, could be joined by Datsyuk, the winner of the Lady Byng Trophy from 2006 through 2008. Boucher claimed the trophy from 1928 through 1931 with the New York Rangers. Datsyuk finished fourth in the NHL scoring race with 97 points (32 goals, 65 assists), equaling his career high set in 2007-08. He ranked second among NHL players in takeaways with 89, placed third in plus-minus with a +34 rating and was whistled for just 11 minor penalties totaling 22 minutes.

Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils

A first-time NHL Awards finalist, Parise set single-season career highs in virtually every major category in 2008-09, including goals (45), assists (49), points (94), power-play goals (14), game-winning goals (eight) and plus-minus (+30). He ranked third in the League in goals and shots and was fifth in points. The Devils' rising star did not miss a game and committed just 12 minor penalties for a total of 24 minutes. He also set a franchise record with 364 shots on goal, registering at least one shot in 81 of 82 games.

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

St. Louis is a Lady Byng Trophy finalist for the fourth time, finishing second in each of the past two seasons and third in 2004. The versatile winger led the Lightning in goals (30), assists (50) and points (80), as well as in takeaways (74). He scored 30 goals or more for the fifth time in the past six seasons and reached the 80-point mark for the third consecutive campaign. St. Louis logged more total ice time (1,745:27) than all but three NHL forwards yet received just seven minor penalties totaling 14 minutes.
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