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Giroux, Smith lead early Conn Smythe candidates

Apr 30, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

Claude Giroux

It’s only the second round of the playoffs, but it’s also been a very slow news day, so let’s talk early Conn Smythe Trophy candidates.

Claude Giroux (Flyers) – Pretty hard to bet against a guy with 15 points in seven games. Giroux has five more points than the NHL’s second-leading playoff scorer, teammate Danny Briere. The only possible thing you could say to mitigate Giroux’s performance is that most of it came in a series that made the 1980s look tight-checking, with 1980s goaltending to match.

Mike Smith (Coyotes) – No goalie’s been busier in the playoffs. Not even close. Smith’s faced 316 shots in eight games, six of which have gone to overtime. Phoenix has been outshot in all but one of its games (yesterday versus Nashville.) Without Smith, the Coyotes probably don’t beat Chicago, and isn’t that the epitome of most valuable?

Jonathan Quick (Kings) – Only Vancouver’s Cory Schneider has a better save percentage than Quick (.955), and only one of those two has a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Quick was named the first star in Saturday’s 3-1 win at St. Louis, building on a first-round performance against Vancouver that saw him surrender just eight goals in five games to the Presidents’ Trophy winners.

Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers) – The consensus favorite to win the Vezina for best regular-season goalie has been even better in the playoffs, posting a .945 save percentage in eight games. The postseason hasn’t always gone well for Lundqvist, but he’s doing just fine this time around.

Andy McDonald (Blues) – Eight points (4G, 4A) in six games on a defense-first team. Of the players on clubs that haven’t been eliminated, only Claude Giroux and Danny Briere have more points per game than McDonald (1.33). And McDonald didn’t get to shoot on Marc-Andre Fleury in the first round.

  1. govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Tough to call this early in the playoffs, but I’d have to take Giroux over smith just because of that first shift of Game 7- talk about leading by example, that’s as impressive as I’ve ever seen. That’s the one thing that puts him above Smith so far, to me.

    • flyman423 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Game 6 but yes you are correct this kid is a monster !

      • govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        Whoops, hit the wrong key! Thanks!

        (Where’s that damned coffee mug?)

  2. dougr42 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Umm, don’t you have to get to the finals first?

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Yes, hence the word “early” in the headline and story.

  3. itsallniceonice - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    After the Hart snub Quick is going to take the Conn Smythe home! Go Kings Go!

  4. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Mike Richards will take this award quicker than Carter took Hartnel’s wife. #1975

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      That joke would make sense if Richards had more than one goal in the playoffs. But nice effort.

    • spiffy53 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      as they say in pittsburgh, FORE!

  5. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    10-3.. where was girioux?

    • epictron1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Where’s Crosby now?

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      10-3…. the Flyers record against the Penguins this year had Giroux played the last game of the season.

  6. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Giroux’s so called 1st shift in game SIX should not have counted. He launches himself raffy torez style leaving his feet to make contact with Soupcans head. Should have been a pens powerplay. I guess Refs feel bad for filthy. #1975

    • tackledummy1505 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Geno is that because your Crosgina hurts? lol buddy stuff it, Giroux = Pure Leader / Crosby = Flopper & Whiner. Win a cup by falling down with no one around you, awesome! That’s how I would want my team to be remembered lol.

    • vismund11 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Dude you got alotttta balls to talk about head hunting and leaving the feet. Giroux’s hit was clean. How bout your boy Neal leaving his feet on Couturier (who I might add made Malkin his pet in that series), and then on.the.same.shift went Directly at Giroux’s head. Let’s not forget that fruitbat-looking ‘player’ Tyler Kennedy absolutely propelling himself off his feet into Grossmann’s head. You’re a joke bro. Have some Pringles and quit yapping.

  7. jagrbomb18 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Lol that funny that you brought up 10-3 after losing 8-4 and 8-5 …I think he had 6 points in one of those contests…I almost feel bad for Pitt fans since all they have are the pirates until football starts lol

  8. napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Giroux is the leader in the clubhouse. He was the best player in our series vs. the Fly Guys and he has picked up where he left off against NJ. If the playoffs ended today he wins it.

    But they don’t end today… a little early to talk about Conn Smythe if you ask me, at least get to the Conference Championships. Gotta give a ton of credit to Quick too.

  9. jucam1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    “Geno loves Herpes”…. That is how you two morons will be known from now on…. Your sad hatred only makes us laugh…. Btw will little Syd be delivering the keys to Pittsburgh to his owner Mr Giroux?… Or will both of you girls kneel before your master?… You two are cute together hating on the team that OWNS you…. Thank you for making commenting so fun, losers like you who refuse to believe your team is weak and the Flyers destroyed them, make these boards a blast…. You can wet yourself to your sad little 10 goals all you want you herpes infested girl, we officially own you…hahahaha

  10. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    this guy named jewcam really thinks his team is pretty great. haha that’s pretty funny since the last time your team won anything zach braff shot out of his mothers vagina

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      You must’ve either looked up people born in 1975 and Zach Braff was the most famous person you recognized, or you already knew that Zach Braff was born in 1975….. I don’t know which is worse

  11. cameltoews - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I guess Pitt fans are anti-Semitic. That’s speaks well of your franchise and fan base.

  12. jucam1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    There it is, you pathetic anti-semitic rant speaks volumes of you, your sad little team, and you city…. This just unveils you for the sad pathetic trash you are herpes…. Go Flyers!

  13. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Says the moral compass named cameltoe…..#1975

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      they didn’t teach reading today did they…. he’s a Blackhawks fan.

  14. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    we are anti-filthy

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      you’re the same person. Stop. we all know

  15. cameltoews - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    1975 means nothing to me you moron.

  16. tackledummy1505 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    lol I think you all are funny. This is an award given out by the NHL. I would have to give it to Mike Smith if the Coyotes go to the cup and so do the Flyers. Only because the Flyer players have already been snubbed out of every award. Are you people serious? Giroux would have to break every playoff record and still have to have someone threaten the NHL before they give him the Conn Smythe. Won’t be surprised if a Flyer doesn’t win it, even if we win the cup lol

  17. jucam1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Too late to back-track you racist punk… Regardless, you can hate the team that OWNS you all you want, you can act like a girl and point out one of your sad little wins, but at the end of the day… Philly destroyed you, Mr Giroux owns little Sid, and you are a classless little girl…. Your envy must be unbearable, and that makes me happy….hahah Flyers!!!

  18. sleepers108 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    You pens fans are so cool trying to act tough after your floppers lose great job guys!

  19. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Was Will Smith alive in 1975?

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      were your parents?

  20. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    giroux=empty trophy case.

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      crosby=empty nut sack

  21. govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I yearn for the day that this site finally gets rid of this vermin and his thousand accounts. In the meantime, it’s sure making it easy to ignore this site.

  22. lameasish - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Crosby is probably chilling with his Stanley cup, Olympic gold medal, rocket Richard trophy, art Ross trophy and his MVP award, that’s where he is, the kid is 24 years old, he will be back to the finals, can’t make it there every year.

    The front runner right now has gotta be G, hes killing it right now. Philly will be good for years to come with him on their team.

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