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Martin St. Louis Captures Lady Byng Trophy

by New York Rangers @NYRangers /

New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. The award is given annually to the player who has "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. St. Louis has been named the recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy in four of the past five seasons.

St. Louis, 39, registered 30 goals and 39 assists for 69 points, along with 10 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating in 81 games with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning this past season. St. Louis' 10 penalty minutes were the fewest among all players who recorded at least 30 goals or at least 69 points. He registered a 10-game point streak from January 7 at Winnipeg to January 25 vs. Coloardo (eight goals, six assists over the span), and recorded a single-game career-high, four goals on January 18 vs. San Jose. St. Louis made his Rangers debut on March 5 vs. Toronto, and tallied his first point as a Blueshirt with an assist on March 7 at Carolina.

In 25 games during the 2014 Playoffs, the 5-8, 180-pounder registered eight goals and seven assists for 15 points, along with two penalty minutes. St. Louis established a playoff career-high in games played and tied a playoff career-high in game-winning goals (three). He tied for third in the NHL in game-winning goals, tied for fifth in goals, tied for eighth in power play goals (two) and power play points (six), and tied for 10th in the NHL in points in the playoffs. St. Louis led the Rangers in goals and game-winning goals, tied for second on the team in points, power play goals, and power play points, and tied for fifth on the team in assists in the playoffs. He tied a playoff career-high with a six-game point streak from Game 6 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 11 vs. Pittsburgh to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 25 vs. Montreal (four goals, three assists over the span). St. Louis registered the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 25 vs. Montreal.

Internationally, the Laval, Quebec native represented Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. St. Louis posted a plus-two rating in five games to help Team Canada win the gold medal.

St. Louis is the fifth player in NHL history to win the Lady Byng Trophy at least four times, joining Frank Boucher (seven), Wayne Gretzky (five), Pavel Datsyuk (four), and Red Kelly (four). He is also the first Ranger to receive the award since Gretzky in 1998-99. A Ranger has been the recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy 15 times, which is the most of any team in the NHL.

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