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Who is the MVP of the playoffs thus far?

View Poll Results: Who's the MVP (remaining players)
Lundqvist 71 14.17%
Brad Richards 20 3.99%
Kovalchuk 22 4.39%
Zajac 11 2.20%
Quick 101 20.16%
Brown 194 38.72%
Mike Smith 80 15.97%
Vermette 2 0.40%
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05-13-2012, 11:13 PM
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The Rangers average 2.07 GPG and are in the ECF. I think thats a testament goaltending.
Tell that to all the Rag fans who dont think low scoring offenses should be used to determine a goalies worth.

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05-13-2012, 11:16 PM
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Brown or smith for sure. This forums love affair with quick is insane. Hes a fantastic goalie, but the kings defense and offense has stepped up big time. The defense especially for l.a. is criminally underrated, he never has to make rebound saves, and when he is down laying on the ice, the kings d bails him out and clears the puck.

As far as im concerned the kings owe quick for the regular season, but they are repaying him big time right now.

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05-13-2012, 11:17 PM
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Why does Brown have so many votes? Elevating your game the most isn't the same as being the most valuable player.

Lundqvist or Smith deserves this. I'd give it to Lundqvist.
Elevating your game and being a force both physically, defensively, and offensively is the definition of being a playoff performer.

Brown has definitely helped his team more as the post season MVP (IMO), than the regular season MVP did for his team.

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05-13-2012, 11:18 PM
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Brown now, I think Quick may earn it by the end.

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05-13-2012, 11:20 PM
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Smith is literally carrying his team at the moment.
You mean figuratively, unless he can fit them all in his backpack.

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05-13-2012, 11:20 PM
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lundqvist since the rangers are basically winning every game zero to -1.

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05-14-2012, 12:35 AM
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I chose Quick - when all things are equal between the skaters and goalies, a tie goes to the goalie.

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05-14-2012, 12:45 AM
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Why does Brown have so many votes? Elevating your game the most isn't the same as being the most valuable player.
Elevating your game to the point where you are the best player on the ice isn't the same as simply elevating your game.

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05-14-2012, 12:46 AM
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Tell that to all the Rag fans who dont think low scoring offenses should be used to determine a goalies worth.
The funny thing about it is that's the exact same Rangers fan who used that argument repeatedly against Quick winning the Vezina.

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Smith > Quick in 2012 Playoffs.

When Quick faces as many shots and makes as many key saves to keep his team in the game/series (which he has, Smith has just done it much more), then Quick > Smith.

Lundqvist has done the same as Smith.
I agree with this. However, Quick hasn't needed to face those kinds of scenarios, given how well the Kings were playing. If the Kings weren't playing so well, I bet Quick would have the same or better numbers as Smith. Quick and Smith have a .947 and .946 SV% respectively, that's obscene! Goalies are playing out of their minds this year/these playoffs.

I would give the Conn Smythe to Dustin Brown, though. Leading the playoffs (for players remaining) in goals, points, and plus/minus in only 10 games... On a team that "can't score". Not too shabby for the Kings' captain.

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Brown or smith for sure. This forums love affair with quick is insane. Hes a fantastic goalie, but the kings defense and offense has stepped up big time. The defense especially for l.a. is criminally underrated, he never has to make rebound saves, and when he is down laying on the ice, the kings d bails him out and clears the puck.

As far as im concerned the kings owe quick for the regular season, but they are repaying him big time right now.
He makes a tone of rebound saves, what are you talking about? My vote for MVP is no doubt Dustin Brown.

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05-14-2012, 02:38 AM
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He makes a tone of rebound saves, what are you talking about? My vote for MVP is no doubt Dustin Brown.
Im talking about playoffs. He has not had to in playoffs. In the regular season for sure, but i have watched every playoff game, and the kings d simply does not let the opposing team coral a rebound on him. Imo the kings d deserves a ton of praise for these playoffs, and are criminally underrated in what they do. All the love goes to quick.

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05-14-2012, 03:08 AM
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Brown
Smith

Richards, Quick



Lunqvuist

Havent watched a full devil game so Dont know what devil and where to put him on my list

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Without thinking twice, Dustin Brown.

Hits everything that moves.

Tremendous gamesmanship.

Can pass, snipe it, dangle a bit and skates hard, leading by example.

Defensively aware.

Quick and Smith have both been fantastic but I think Brown's been a cut above so far, in almost all aspects of the game for a forward, he's looked dominant.

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Mike Smith and Dustin Brown had arguably the most positive impact on their respective team.

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Brad Richards - That guys clutch yooo

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1. Smith-only guy on that team worth a ****. he's carried a bottom tier team to where it is. he's got the initiative that it takes. unlike Lundqvist or Brown his team is NOT a defensive powerhouse. (I mean Rosival FFS!)
2. Lundqvist-1.68 playing two aggressive teams. Despite a defensive team, he makes quantity quality saves--redirects and huge sequence saves. NY wouldn't be contenders without him.
3. Brown-Leads LA all the way. Physical play, scoring goals, killing penalties. He's a stallion(probably close to quoting something Pierre might say) and has been more important than anybody on the team.
4. Quick-quality saves, but not as important to his team as the other goalies have been. LA could probably still be winning with another goalie. PHX/NY probably could not be. He's been outstanding and probably is the better goalie, but has not been the biggest impact of the playoffs (though maybe in the 1st round he was close).
5. Brad Richards-not because he's scoring goals, but because he's scoring huge goals and setting the example for an extremely young team. He's not nearly as much of an overall leader as Brown, but this guy is bringing what it takes to win the cup to a team that isn't shining offensively. Attitude, goals, defense, doing everything it takes as a guy who has been there.
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Kovalchuk-been great, but hasn't played teams that needed him(should've needed him?) to be great.
Staal, Marc-Best Rangers defenseman(arguably). Broke up multiple 3 on 1s. Coming back into his reich.
Richards, Mikey-The Carter chemistry is golden. He's definitely stepped it up when he needed to. Not as important as Brown, but def up there.

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Smith
Brown/Lundqvist
Quick
Kovalchuk
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Also, while there's no chance in hell that he would actually make one of these lists, I take McDonagh ahead of Brad Richards. McDonagh has been insanely good on the back end.
If McD wasn't playing well Staal would be. In fact... Staal was better the past series (possibly both series). I might even put Staal above Richards.

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It's improbable that anybody would pick someone other than Mike Smith. The Yotes D is laden with 30-something veterans who have never gone deep into the playoffs, and most likely have all left their best hockey behind them. They are playing admirably, (especially in round 2) so while I can't give all of the credit to Smith, I can make an argument that he is the most valuable goalie of the 4 remaining. Nobody has been tested more than Smith, and his save percentage is right at the top.

I don't think he will be good enough to stop all of that fire power that the Kings have, so this argument is fading...

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Tie between Brown and Smith

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Devils: System or Kovalchuk
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Smith, the Coyotes honestly suck and get outplayed most games if not almost every game, but he is singlehandedly making those games winnable. Though I think his run will end here with the Kings, to this point he has had the single most impact on his team out of any player on any of the 4 remaining teams. AINECBALS.

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