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Barkov of Panthers wins Lady Byng Trophy

Center voted most gentlemanly player in NHL, assessed four minor penalties in 2018-19

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LAS VEGAS -- Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers won the Lady Byng Trophy as the player voted to best combine sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability at the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone on Wednesday.

It was the third time in four seasons Barkov has been a finalist but the first time he's won; he finished second in 2015-16 and third in 2017-18.

"Every year, I see the other guys who have been nominated here. Not just this trophy, but every trophy," Barkov said. "You look at how they play and how good of an example they set. For example, seeing (finalists) Ryan O'Reilly and Sean Monahan, seeing how good they are. I'm just really happy right now."

The center set a Panthers record with 96 points (35 goals, 61 assists), passing Pavel Bure (94, 1999-00); was second in the NHL in takeaways (100); and was tied for fifth in minor penalties drawn (34).

 

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Barkov was fourth among forwards in average ice time (22:21) and was assessed four minor penalties and eight penalty minutes, tied for second-fewest in the NHL with teammate Evgenii Dadonov among those who played 82 games.

"I kind of know what the rules are and not [to] take those stupid penalties," Barkov said. "You've got to know when you're getting a penalty or not. There's a place to take a penalty, you've got to take it. Fortunately, that wasn't a thing for me this year."

Barkov is second Panthers player to win the award, joining defenseman Brian Campbell in 2011-12, and is the fourth Finland-born NHL player with at least 90 points in a season, joining Olli Jokinen (once), Teemu Selanne (six times) and Jari Kurri (eight times).

Video: Aleksander Barkov is awarded the Lady Byng Trophy

"Even right now, it's like I did something right," Barkov said. "I didn't even know how good to feel, but I'm happy."

The other finalists were Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan and St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly.

Monahan had NHL career highs in goals (34), assists (48) and points (82), taking six minor penalties.

O'Reilly had NHL career highs in assists (49) and points (77) and was assessed six minor penalties. He finished second in Lady Byng voting in 2017-18.

The winner was selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season; each voter ranks his top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system.

2018-19 Lady Byng Trophy voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)

1. Aleksander Barkov, FLA   1463   (128-18-10-1-4)

2. Ryan O'Reilly, STL   713   (12-52-30-23-10)

3. Sean Monahan, CGY   568   (3-30-44-30-18)

4. Morgan Rielly, TOR   356   (2-20-16-34-14)

5. Connor McDavid, EDM   148   (7-2-8-6-6)

6. Matt Duchene, CBJ   138   (0-7-10-11-6)

7. Samuel Girard, COL   100   (0-8-5-4-7)

8. Auston Matthews, TOR   85   (2-2-3-9-9)

9. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY   78   (4-1-4-3-2)

10. Jared Spurgeon, MIN   75   (1-4-4-3-8)

11. Jason Pominville, BUF   73   (2-3-4-2-6)

12. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS   70   (2-1-4-6-5)

13. Patrick Kane, CHI   65   (2-5-1-0-5)

14. Evgenii Dadonov, FLA   54   (1-3-2-2-7)

15. Teuvo Teravainen, CAR   50   (1-1-1-5-13)

16. Jaccob Slavin, CAR   34   (0-3-0-3-4)

17. Alex Tuch, VGK   30   (0-1-2-3-4)

18. Mitchell Marner, TOR   29   (0-0-3-4-2)

19. Alex DeBrincat, CHI   26   (0-0-2-5-1)

20. Colton Parayko, STL   25   (0-1-1-4-1)

21. John Klingberg, DAL   20   (0-0-3-0-5)

22. Nate Schmidt, VGK   18   (1-0-1-1-0)

23. John Tavares, TOR   17   (1-1-0-0-0)

t-24. Dominik Kahun, CHI   16   (0-1-1-1-1)

t-24. Elias Pettersson, VAN   16   (0-1-1-1-1)

26. Tyler Seguin, DAL   14   (0-0-1-2-3)

27. Sidney Crosby, PIT   13   (0-1-1-0-1)

28. William Karlsson, VGK   11   (0-1-0-1-1)

29. Patrice Bergeron, BOS   11   (0-0-2-0-1)

t-30. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, VGK   10   (1-0-0-0-0)

t-30. Elias Lindholm, CGY   10   (1-0-0-0-0)

32. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK   10   (0-1-0-1-0)

33. David Krejci, BOS   10   (0-0-1-1-2)

34. Artemi Panarin, CBJ   8   (0-1-0-0-1)

t-35. Mark Scheifele, WPG   7   (0-1-0-0-0)

t-35. Joe Thornton, SJS   7   (0-1-0-0-0)

37. Tomas Hertl, SJS   7   (0-0-1-0-2)

t-38. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH   6   (0-0-1-0-1)

t-38. Andy Greene, NJD   6   (0-0-1-0-1)

t-38. Anze Kopitar, LAK   6   (0-0-1-0-1)

41. Brayden Point, TBL   6   (0-0-0-2-0)

t-42. Dan Girardi, TBL   5   (0-0-1-0-0)

t-42. Roberto Luongo, FLA   5   (0-0-1-0-0)

44. Gustav Nyquist, SJS   4   (0-0-0-0-4)

t-45. Sean Couturier, PHI   3   (0-0-0-1-0)

t-45. Matt Cullen, PIT   3   (0-0-0-1-0)

t-45. Claude Giroux, PHI   3   (0-0-0-1-0)

48. Noah Hanifin, CGY   2   (0-0-0-0-2)

t-49. Sebastian Aho, CAR   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Anthony Beauvillier, NYI   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Jake DeBrusk, BOS   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Joonas Donskoi, SJS   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Ryan Ellis, NSH   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Tyler Ennis, TOR   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Phil Kessel, PIT   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. David Pastrnak, BOS   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Eric Staal, MIN   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Steven Stamkos, TBL   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Derek Stepan, ARI   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

t-49. Zach Werenski, CBJ   1   (0-0-0-0-1)

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