For the second consecutive day the Chicago Blackhawks had a player receive the news that they are a finalist for an NHL award. It’s not the Hart trophy but yesterday Jonathan Toews was named finalist for the Selke Trophy and today Patrick Kane was named finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy (most gentlemanly conduct).
Patrick Kane only took 4 minor penalties all season long while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time with several games of double shifting while covering for Patrick Sharp or Dave Bolland injuries. Kane scored 23 goals and 32 assists in 2013 in 47 games which matched his goal total in 2012 in a full 82 game season. Kane came back from Europe a focused player and it paid off in the shortened season. Seven different Blackhawks on nine different occasions have won the Lady Byng but the last time a Blackhawk to win the award was Stan Mikita in 1968.
The other finalist for the award are a finalist from last season in Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders and two-time Lady Byng winner Martin St. Louis who could become only the 9th player to win the award three times in his career.
Congrats Kaner! All these awards announcements are nice but the One Goal is the Cup!
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