Red Wings' Datsyuk eyeing Lady Byng 3-peat
Pominville, St. Louis also in mix to be named NHL's most gentlemanly player
Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings will open an NHL Western Conference semifinal series against Colorado on Thursday night, just hours after being named a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.
Datsyuk could become the first player since former New York Ranger Frank Boucher (1933-35) to win the award three consecutive seasons.
Buffalo Sabres winger Jason Pominville and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis are also in the running for the Lady Byng, which is awarded to the player who has "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."
Datsyuk finished fourth in NHL scoring with a career-high 97 points (31 goals, 66 assists) in 82 games this season and led all NHLers with a plus-41 rating.
St. Louis is a Lady Byng Trophy finalist for the third time after registering 25 goals and 83 points in 82 games.
He led all NHL forwards in ice time for the second consecutive season, averaging 24 minutes, 17 seconds per game.
Pominville set a career-high with 80 points (27-53) in his second full NHL season, 42 of them coming in his final 34 games.
Of his 27 goals, 24 came at even strength and one short-handed.
The Lady Byng Trophy is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
Finalists for the Frank Selke Trophy (top defensive forward) will be named Friday.