Islanders' Matt Moulson a finalist for Lady Byng Trophy
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The Islanders' Matt Moulson was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy for a second consecutive year.
He joins the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane and the Lightning's Martin St. Louis as finalists for the award, given "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."
Moulson had only four penalty minutes in the 48-game season, tied with San Jose's Logan Couture for the fewest among the top 50 scorers in the league. It's the second straight season Moulson, 29, has been in single digits in penalty minutes despite averaging over 19 minutes a game.
Ironically, Moulson received a 10-minute misconduct in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal. He joked the next day that it was fortunate the voting for the Lady Byng, done by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, was finalized at the end of the regular season.
The award winners will be announced during the Stanley Cup finals. Due to the lockout, the annual awards show in Las Vegas was cancelled.
St. Louis has already won the award twice (2010 and '11), and was a finalist two other times. The 37-year-old ranked second among NHL forwards in total time on ice, but was assessed just 14 penalty minutes.
Kane is a Lady Byng finalist for the first time, after helping Chicago to a Presidents' Trophy. He played 47 games and averaged 20:03 of ice time, but had just eight penalty minutes.