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).