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The Conn Smythe Trophy Frontrunners

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Dustin Brown (pictured above) is a major favorite to bring home the Conn Smythe Trophy.

By Nick Craddock

The 2012 NHL playoffs are coming to a crescendo.  Between a closely contested Eastern Conference Finals featuring the rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils and what has turned into a one-sided Western Conference Finals featuring the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes, the muddled playoff picture which began with 16 teams vying for Lord Stanley’s Cup is coming into focus.

Of all the players who have made their mark this postseason in helping their teams to this stage, these five look poised to have the best shot at capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the NHL playoffs’ Most Valuable Player.

1. Dustin Brown, right wing, Kings: Brown is proving why he wears the “C” on his jersey this spring. He leads his team in scoring with seven goals and eight assists, including three game-winning goals. He’s tied with teammate Anze Kopitar for the best plus/minus rating of any player in the playoffs. He delivers crushing hits. And even when he’s not making an incredible play, he influences the game to such a degree that it affects his opponent’s psyche (i.e.Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal cross-checking Brown from behind into the boards during Game 2, resulting in a one-game suspension).  All in all, Brown’s outstanding play makes it unfathomable to think the Kings contemplated trading Brown at the trading deadline. Simply put, the Kings’ stellar play through these playoffs thus far would not be possible without Brown. That description sounds like the embodiment of a Conn Smythe winner. Continue reading

Bruins walk into Vancouver and walk away with the Cup

Photo courtesy of rtrsports.com. Tim Thomas (pictured above) was magnificent in holding a potent Canucks offense to 0 goals in Game 7.

By Nick Craddock

Tim Thomas finally stole a game in Vancouver. Turns out, it was the only game that mattered.

Thomas, who became only the second American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player, completed his stellar series (make that season) by backstopping the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 win in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and their first championship since 1972.

Thomas played phenomenal in the previous three games in Vancouver, but his team only managed two goals versus his topsy-turvy counterpart Roberto Luongo. Luongo, normally a rock at home, was suspect in game 7. The Bruins’ second and third goals were particularly chintzy, and it appeared that Luongo may have had more of a hand in putting those goals in his net rather than keeping them out. Continue reading

Bruins bombard Luongo (again), force game 7

Photo courtesy of Online Gambling Blog. We head towards a winner take all Game 7 for the rights to the Stanley Cup.

By Nick Craddock

Roberto Luongo has let in two goals in the three games that have been played in Vancouver during these Stanley Cup finals.

He’s been less than stellar away from Vancouver, but surely it wouldn’t get any worse for him with a chance to clinch the cup in game 6 in Boston. Well…

Luongo let in two goals in a 35-second span in the first period, three goals on eight shots and after four Boston goals in 4:14 — a record for the shortest time to record four goals in Stanley Cup history —game 6 was effectively decided before the midway mark of the first period. Continue reading