By popular demand, Puck Daddy takes its Conn Smythe Watch from the evening Three Stars to every morning of the postseason. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.
He left Round 1 with a .961 save percentage and a 1.16 GAA. He’s the playoffs’ best goalie, by far.
Toews has three goals, four assists and three game-winning goals in the Blackhawks’ first six games of the postseason.
3. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
With his four-point night, Parise tied Nathan MacKinnon with 10 points for the playoffs. Not bad for a guy that only had two goals in his last 12 playoff games.
4. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Getzlaf has three goals and four assists so far for Anaheim, and was their most important forward in the first round.
The Kings star has moved to fourth in the postseason in scoring with three goals and five assists, scoring in each game of the playoffs. He had an assist in last postseason's Game 7 vs. the Sharks.
6. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
MacKinnon has 10 points in the postseason, but came up empty in Game 6 in Minnesota.
7. Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers
In four games, Mason has a 1.95 GAA and a .939 save percentage, leading the Flyers to Game 7.
8. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin’s hat trick powered the Penguins to a 4-3 win in Game 6 over Columbus, advancing to the second round.
9. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
Gallagher remains primed for a big second round against the Bruins. He has 3 goals and 2 assists in four games.
10. Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
Has three goals and four assists, including an OT game-winner. But Marleau has only one assist in four previous Game 7s, in which the Sharks went 2-2.