Monday, April 27, 2009
With only one game, it's kind of tedious to hand out a nomination, but we'll weight it later (no, we won't). Friday's Caps/Rangers tilt can only go one way, and that's to Simeon Varlamov, again. He pitched another shutout, this time in an elimination game in the Phone Booth. 20 shots, 20 saves. Honorable mentions on this night go out to Matt Bradley for his 2 goals, Alex Ovechkin for his highlight reel moves, and Sean Avery for his epic night in the press box.
This was by far the toughest one to pick, but Sidney Crosby gets the nod. Why? Well, obviously he had 2 goals (yes, one was an empty netter, I hate them too) but he notched almost 24 minutes of ice time (2nd to Gonchar) while winning 20 of 33 faceoffs. It was probably his most complete game of the series, the series that sent the Flyers packing.
Shifting Chad LaRose up with Eric Staal and Ray Whitney obviously benefited the Canes, who absolutely pummeled the Devils yesterday. But who do you pick? Eric Staal's 2 goal (3 point) night, Ray Whitney's 1 goal (4 point) night, or Cam Ward's elimination game shutout? Hmmmm,