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Crawford, Lundqvist, and Kopitar lead Conn Smythe race

May 19, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford AP

Corey Crawford: 9-4 with a .933 save percentage and 1.90 goals-against average, on a Blackhawks team that has a 1-0 lead on the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final.

Henrik Lundqvist: 9-6 with a .929 save percentage and 1.99 GAA, on a Rangers team that has a 1-0 lead on the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final, and now without Carey Price in the opposite goal.

Anze Kopitar: Leads all playoff scorers with 19 points, on a resilient Kings team that won’t be particularly frazzled after losing Game 1 in Chicago.

If we had to pick a candidate for the Canadiens, we’d have to say PK Subban. But Montreal’s chances have taken a huge hit with Price’s injury.

Other potential candidates, still with the most important games to come: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Martin St. Louis, Mats Zuccarello, Brad Richards, Jeff Carter, and Drew Doughty.

And we’ll keep Price in the conversation too, just because you never know.

  1. r8rbhawk - May 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Not that I am upset that Kaner won, but Crawford easily could have won it last year. The only bad news I am seeing in the list of potential Conn Smythe winners this year is it probably won’t be an American. It was a good run for Americans to win the MVP 3 straight years.

  2. billiam55 - May 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    no other guy id love to see hoist that stanley cup more than Lundqvist. Most consistent player and the backbone of the rangers for 7 years. guy works hard to. remember his start this season? look at him now!

    • bohman88 - May 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      As a loyal caps fan I couldn’t agree anymore. I love watching hank when he’s on. When they’ve needed him, he’s stood tall.

  3. tfilarski - May 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    toews

  4. joey4id - May 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Excellent choices. “The only bad news I am seeing in the list of potential Conn Smythe winners this year is it probably won’t be an American.” Not sure why this is bad news. Maybe every country should have one of their own awarded a trophy for playoff MVP. That would be good news all around I suppose.

    • r8rbhawk - May 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Hey Joey, the Conn Smythe comment was more for American pride. Since you and your pals located in America’s Hat consider us “little brother” in hockey terms, we have to hang our hat on something. So 3 straight years of an American winning the Conn Smythe is quite an accomplishment for us.

      • joey4id - May 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Hey! Full marks to how hockey in the US has developed overall, and for the talent they have developed. It just shouldn’t be perceived as bad news if a non American wins it. International hockey is where we should show our allegiance to our respective countries.

  5. hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    After what I’ve seen I think Toews and Gaborik are in the lead, especially if their clutch play continues.

    My sappy, movie-driven hope is that St Louis wins it.

  6. sixchr - May 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Toews, Gaborik, Lundqvist, Subban would be my choice for each team at this point. I can’t overlook the big time clutch goals from Toews and Gaborik.

  7. alexo0 - May 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    I think Kreider took a huge leap in the race after last game.

  8. earpaniac - May 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    For the Hawks, I think it’s Crawford, hands down. They don’t even get to make those game winners if he hadn’t been standing on his head in some of those games. He’s the no.1 reason they beat the Wild.

  9. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Crawford has been the best Hawk in the playoffs. Without him, they lose Game 5 against St. Louis and Games 5 and 6 against Minnesota.

    I still cringe when I see his glove hand rise but numbers don’t lie.

    • alexbaymac - May 19, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Some of his ‘best’ saves lately have been him flashing that ‘weak glove hand’ & ironically, it does indicate a weakness. As a solid positional goalie, you rarely see the flailing around that you see with Quick (or that I remember fondly with Tony O!). When Crow makes a flashy save, it’s often because something else in the system didn’t work correctly. That said, he has been flashing the glove with authority when needed & that speaks of a confidence born in working on a perceived weakness. The man is amazing & my vote (not that it counts!) for the Smythe.

  10. patthehockeyfan - May 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Kopitar!!!!!!!!!!

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