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Marleau, O'Reilly, St. Louis named Lady Byng finalists

TSN.ca Staff

4/22/2014 11:38:48 AM

Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks, Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche and Martin St. Louis, who split the year between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The Lady Byng is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

St. Louis is the reigning Lady Byng winner and has won the trophy three of the past four seasons, losing only to Florida Panthers defenceman Brian Campbell in 2011-12. It is St. Louis' seventh time being named a finalist for the Lady Byng.

St. Louis recorded his seventh 30-goal season between his time in Tampa and New York. He ranked third among NHL forwards in total ice time, while only getting called for 10 minutes in penalties.

This is Marleau's second nomination for the trophy, having finished third in voting in 2005-06.

The Sharks veteran scored 33 goals, marking his seventh 30-goal season in the past nine. Marleau played in all 82 games averaging 20:31 minutes, racking up just 18 penalty minutes.

O'Reilly has never before been named a finalist for an individual NHL award.

The Avs forward notched a career-high 64 points, including a team-high 28 goals. O'Reilly was called for just one minor penalty all season, becoming just the second player in NHL history to receive two or fewer PIM over 80 or more games.