Bolts forward also up for Hart, Lady Byng

Updated: April 23, 2004, 7:00 PM ET
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TORONTO -- Martin St. Louis finds himself on another short list.

The Tampa Bay Lightning little man on Friday was named one of three finalists for the Lester B. Pearson Award, given annually by his peers to the most outstanding player during the regular season.

The other finalists are Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic and Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo.

St. Louis also is a favorite for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player and one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player.

The Pearson Award may be the most special of the three, considering it is voted upon by members of the NHL Players Association.

St. Louis captured the league scoring title with 38 goals and 56 assists. The 28-year-old winger also had a plus-35 rating, playing a pivotal role in the Lightning finishing the regular season atop the Eastern Conference.

Sakic won the award in 2001 and is a finalist this year after placing second in the scoring race with 33 goals and 54 assists.

Luongo established an NHL record for saves in a season with 2,303 while leading the league with a .931 save percentage. He also is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie.

The Pearson Award is named for the former prime minister of Canada and has been voted on by players since 1970-71. This year's winner will be named June 10.

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