St. Louis picked as NHL’s most gentlemanly player

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Martin St. Louis has been picked as the NHL’s most gentlemanly player for the second straight year.

The Tampa Bay forward won the Lady Byng Trophy on Wednesday, in ballotting by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, over Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom and Dallas’ Loui Eriksson. St. Louis topped Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk in 2010, ending the Red Wings forward’s four-year run as the award winner.

St. Louis had only 12 minutes in penalties during the season in which he was second in the NHL with 99 points. He has been a Lady Byng finalist six times.

Lidstrom, who earlier Wednesday earned his seventh Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, had 20 penalty minutes and 62 points.

Eriksson had 73 points and eight penalty minutes _ the fewest among the league’s top 50 scorers.

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