As the NHL Awards continue, the Washington Capitals saw some familiar names end up on the ballots. Captain Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson all received votes for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
The Lady Byng, as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, goes “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor won the award. Connor hit career highs with 47 goals (sixth in NHL), 46 assists and 93 points while logging just four penalty minutes in 79 games.
who hit career highs and logged just four penalty minutes this season, won. There were 195 total ballots cast.
Ovechkin finished 31st in voting and received three third-place votes and two fifth-place votes for 17 total points. The 36-year-old hit several milestones this season and continued to make history, dishing 50 goals and 40 assists through 77 games while logging only 18 penalty minutes. His 50 goals were good for fourth among forwards, and he also finished with 90 points in a year for the first time in a decade.
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The Great 8 also took sole possession of third on the NHL’s all-time goals list and became the highest European scorer ever. He currently sits at 780 and is 20 away from 800, 22 away from passing Gordie Howe and 115 away from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record.
Carlson, meanwhile, finished 39th with three fourth-place votes and one fifth-place vote (10 points). No. 74 tallied a career-high 17 points and added 54 assists for 71 points through 78 outings while earning just 20 PIM. Carlson ranked fifth among all NHL defensemen in points.
Johansson finished in a tie for 75th, receiving one fourth-place vote (three points). No. 90 had just two penalties the entire year and dished nine goals and 20 assists through 69 games split between the Capitals and Kraken.