Monday, April 20, 2009

Conn Smythe Watch: Weekend Update

Sorry this is so late, I've had to catch up on stats, highlights, lowlights, etc. to get myself an informed decision for BanginPanger's Conn Smythe nominees for the weekend past. In lieu of picking one each night, we'll go with just 3 guys over the past weekend who's performances have stood out. In no particular order...

1. Evgeni Malkin - Pittsburgh Penguin

The best player on the Pens (oh I went there bright and early) registered 3 goals and 2 assists on the weekend, including the late tying goal on Friday, and 2 in the loss Sunday. Although his team dropped 1, they still lead the series 2-1. He has been the best player in that series thus far.

2. Henrik Lundqvist - New York Rangers

Not only did Hank steal game 1, well he posted the shut out on Saturday, effectively stealing complete home ice advantage from the heavily favored Capitals. 19 Ovechkin shots, 0 Ovechkin goals. Is that unto itself not worth mentioning? He's got a .957 save percentage and a 1.5 GAA against the Capitals team with the franchise scoring record. Everyone knew the Rangers needed Lundqvist to be competitive, you have to say he is.

3. Chris Osgood - Detroit Red Wings

As much flack as we've given him, can you deny a .978 save percentage, 1 shut out, and a .5 GAA? Unless you're a Pens fan, you just can't. He's been inconsistent at best, but not unlike years past, the perpetual playoff performer has stepped up his game when his Wings needed him most, allowing a single goal this playoffs, while picking up that shut out on Saturday, landing him here on the Conn Smythe watch.

Honorable mentions? Roberto Luongo, Marc Savard, Jon Toews, Simeon Varlamov, Claude Giroux

So far we have Dan Sedin (who we picked for night one, just didn't tell you), Jonas Hiller, Malkin, Lundqvist, and Osgood.

Who will get tonight's Conn Smythe nomination? Barring some fantasmic play out in the Stampede City, my guess it'll be a rookie netminder from Washington.
Fact: BanginPanger is not meant as an insult to the one and only Darren Pang, nor do I claim to be him. The views and opinions presented on BanginPanger are of my own, and no other namesake of the site, the NHL, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, or anyone else.