Martin St. Louis has won his third Lady Byng Trophy as the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,’ for 2013.
The Tampa Bay forward beat out Chicago’s Patrick Kane and New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson for the award.
St. Louis previously won the award in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
The veteran Bolts winger led the NHL with 43 assists and 60 points this season, winning the Art Ross for the second time in his career.
He did it while finishing second among all NHL forwards in total ice time, yet only got dinged for 14 penalty minutes all season long.
Top 10 voting for 2013 Lady Byng
(1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place votes in parentheses)
1. Martin St. Louis, T.B. 824 (47-29-21-12-10)
2. Patrick Kane, CHI 785 (44-28-20-13-10)
3. Matt Moulson, NYI 750 (35-28-27-17-18)
4. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 536 (13-26-23-31-16)
5. Logan Couture, S.J. 354 (8-19-15-15-21)
6. Kris Letang, PIT 162 (2-6-13-9-8)
7. Derek Stepan, NYR 98 (1-5-5-7-7)
8. Jason Pominville, MIN 74 (0-2-7-4-13)
9. Loui Eriksson, DAL 72 (3-2-2-4-6)
10. Ryan Callahan, NYR 62 (5-0-0-3-3)
Just about every relevant team in the East playoff races won tonight
After Eastern Conference teams deserved a “C” on Monday, they generally passed Tuesday’s tests with flying colors. Sometimes they carved out three-point games when relevant teams faced off, too.
It’s almost bewildering trying to figure out where to start … so how about the top of the East?
Metro’s rich get richer
The Minnesota Wild deserve credit for fighting back from a considerable deficit, including overcoming an Alex Ovechkin hat trick (all on the power play). Ultimately, T.J. Oshie‘s overtime-winner gave Washington the 5-4 (OT) win.
Elsewhere in the Metro’s top ranks, Sergei Bobrovsky grabbed his 41st win of the season (3-1 win against the Sabres) to put Columbus three points behind the Capitals and two ahead of the idle Penguins.
The Montreal Canadiens handled the Dallas Stars 4-1 in The Epic Battle of the Benns. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the second-place Senators 3-2 via a shootout
Both the Maple Leafs and Bruins won their games, leaving Toronto one point ahead of Boston for third in the Atlantic.
Atlantic top five
1. Canadiens – 95 points in 76 games played
2. Senators – 91 points in 75 GP
3. Maple Leafs – 87 points in 75 GP
Bruins – 86 points in 76 GP
Lightning – 83 points in 75 GP
Finally, let’s look at the final spot in the East
OK, so there’s some overlap here. Why don’t we check on the most wild-card-relevant teams?
Third Atlantic spot: Leafs – 87 points in 75 GP
Final spot: Bruins – 86 points in 76 GP
Lightning – 83 points in 75 GP
Islanders – 82 points in 75 GP
Hurricanes – 82 points in 75 GP
Flyers – 80 points in 76 GP
Panthers – 77 points in 76 GP
Again, the Bruins won, as did the Flyers. The Lightning were idle. The Panthers fell to the Maple Leafs. Buffalo lost while Detroit and New Jersey are out of the running.
You know who deserves special mention outside of the top eight? The Carolina Hurricanes deserve such a distinction, as they are enjoying one of their hottest runs in franchise history after beating Detroit 4-1.
When we look back at the 2016-17 season for the Detroit Red Wings, it will be remembered for some said endings.
It began without Pavel Datsyuk. We knew that their last game at Joe Louis Arena this season would be their last ever. And now we know that Joe Louis Arena won’t be home to another playoff run.
After 25 straight seasons of making the playoffs – quite often managing deep runs – the Red Wings were officially eliminated on Tuesday night. In getting this far, they enjoyed one of the greatest runs of longevity in NHL history:
Most Consecutive Appearances in #StanleyCup Playoffs: 29: BOS, 67/68–95/96 28: CHI, 69/70–96/97 25: STL, 79/80–03/05 and DET, 90/91–15/16
For those who decry the decline in fighting – in “blood and guts” hockey – Tuesday presented a bloody moment, one fairly high on this season’s Muta scale.
Also, for some, seeing it happen to Tom Wilson specifically may provide additional pleasure.
Anyway, as you can see in the video above, Minnesota Wild winger Chris Stewart bloodied the Washington Capitals pest in a fight. Whether you’re for, against or neutral toward Wilson, it’s quite the sight.
Wilson may be hurt, by the way. He missed some time but returned later in the contest.