While the award itself is generally ragged on, the Lady Byng Trophy does lend an air of sophistication to the NHL and to the award proceedings. After all, an award that goes “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” isn’t here to mess around by having guys that waste their days away in the penalty box. Sorry Dan Carcillo, I don’t think you’ll ever take this one down.
With the three finalists in Pavel Datsyuk, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis you’ve got guys that spent a combined 44 minutes in the penalty box with Datsyuk standing out as the “goon” of the bunch with 18 PIMs himself. Anyhow, it’s probably not too surprising that the guy that wins the award is the one who spent the least amount of time in the sin bin of the three and Martin St. Louis’ 12 PIMs helped pave his way to Lady Byng glory. The vote seemed to indicate that St. Louis had nothing to worry about from the voters.
Pts. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th 1. Martin St. Louis, T.B. 971 (74-25-6-6-8) 2. Brad Richards, DAL 449 (1-39-20-18-12) 3. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 438 (17-15-21-15-13) 4. Anze Kopitar, L.A. 232 (3-10-14-15-17) 5. Nicklas Lidstrom, DET 215 (10-7-9-4-9) 6. Patrick Marleau, S.J. 159 (3-5-14-5-9) 7. Henrik Sedin, VAN 140 (6-6-6-2-2) 8. Daniel Alfredsson, OTT 134 (2-5-9-10-4) 9. Zach Parise, N.J. 97 (5-2-3-5-3) 10. Teemu Selanne, ANA 70 (2-3-4-2-3) 11. Daniel Sedin, VAN 67 (2-2-4-3-4) 12. Patrick Kane, CHI 55 (0-1-3-9-6) 13. Brandon Sutter, CAR 47 (1-1-0-8-6) 14. Andrew Brunette, MIN 41 (2-0-3-1-3) 15. Steven Stamkos, T.B. 26 (1-1-1-1-1) 16. Sergei Gonchar, PIT 20 (1-0-2-0-0) 17. Brian Rafalski, DET 17 (0-1-0-3-1) 18. Jarome Iginla, CGY 14 (1-0-0-1-1) 19. Ryan Miller, BUF 14 (0-2-0-0-0) 20. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 13 (0-1-1-0-1)
Stunning to see St. Louis check in with 74 first place votes and more than double the number of points that Brad Richards had in finishing second. Even more fun was seeing St. Louis give his acceptance speech with notes he had on his BlackBerry instead of hand-written note cards or paper. Can’t fault the man for being a gentleman and a tech-savvy scholar.
Video: Canucks escape Arizona with another win for the moms
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.