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12-09-2012, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Honestly it really should be more or less decided by then. How many years did the third period of the elimination game change how the writers thought? The only time I could see it having any impact would be 2010. Toews wins the Smythe. Some thought Keith was in the running and others liked Kane. Nothing wrong with those three choices but it may have changed a few people's minds after they saw Kane score the Cup winning goal. Toews had 29 points while Kane had 28. Coupled with a mediocre showing in the Cup final, I can see how the votes may have changed after Kane scored the overtime Cup winner.

But in all honesty, that is the only season where I can see it making a difference, and even then Toews wasn't a bad choice regardless
A lot of years when the goaltender wins it's consider to be because there was no "clear" winner among skaters. For example, in 1997 Yzerman, Fedorov, or Lidstrom could have taken it. Vernon played well enough. So it was his. Osgood's 2008 run was better than Vernon's 1997 run, but Zetterberg was clearly the best skater. The next year was the same with Malkin; if the Wings had won the 2009 Cup, Osgood almost definitely wins the Smythe.

But in 2010, Niemi and Leighton were clearly just along for the ride, and supporting players at best.

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