Getting to the Stanley Cup finals takes a team effort and the contribution from everyone, playing the role that’s expected from them. Some clutch goals, some key saves and a little luck are needed in order to make it that far and to raise the precious trophy over your head. But every year, you find a player who rises above the group, someone who takes his team on his shoulders and leads them to victory.
This year however, one would be hard pressed to point to one single player for the entire series and that, for both the Bruins and the Canucks. On Boston’s side, Nathan Horton was an early favourite but when you look at the scoring leaders (prior to game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals), David Krejci finds himself ahead of Horton. And in spite of his ups and downs in those playoffs, one cannot ignore Tim Thomas’ statistics.
On the Vancouver Canucks’ side, it’s even harder to choose one individual who stood above everyone else for the entire series and this speaks highly of the debt and quality this team possesses. Ryan Kesler won the heart of everyone early on and was declared by many as the top candidate. Others, more recently, are talking about Alex Burrows as a potential candidate. Yet, Daniel Sedin his ahead of Burrows and finds himself only one point back of Kesler. And that would be ignoring that in spite of a slow start to the series, his brother Henrik is leading the NHL playoffs’ scoring race! And what about Roberto Luongo, whose stats are on par with Thomas?
Want to predict who will be the playoffs’ MVP, taking the Conn Smythe Trophy? Take out your crystal ball folks; it’s going to be a tight race to the end!
En français: Course pour le Conn Smythe 2011