I'd say Nash. He was pretty consistent from beginning to end, and played his guts out. Him or Toews. Doughty was shaking in a couple of games, outstanding in more, but I'd still go with Nash. I was always a fan, but now I am a superfan of his.
Was really impressed with Niedermayer and Pronger on the Canadian side. Those two guys had to take some flak coming into this game, but they finally showed why Yzerman made the right decision by selecting them.
Aside from the two veterans, Toews and Nash had great games. Crosby, obviously, will be mentioned due to the game-winner.
On the US side, both Johnsons looked really good. Parise and Miller are obvious.
I don't really see how it isn't Miller. He turned a U.S. team that was probably the sixth best in this tournament talent-wise coming in and it took overtime in the gold medal game for them to be eliminated.
Not to say that Canada didn't have some great performances (Toews was probably the best forward in the tournament), but Miller had much more value to the U.S. team than any Canadian player had to Canada. That, to me, signifies MVP.
The only trouble I have with picking Miller is that...picking a goalie as the MVP...kinda' diminishes that TEAM's performance...and I don't want to see that happen here because...truth is...USA just put together an incredible run start<>finish in this tournament...I have no trouble admitting that..short of the Golden goal...USA had the better overall tournament.
This is why Parise has to be given extensive consideration as 'best player'
The real bottom line here is...this tournament was a total package which effectivley reminded everyone of why hockey is the truest of ALL team sports.
LOL. I say all this and still can't pick an MVP of this game....
Corey Perry was excellent.
Crosby had the historic goal though. I gives it to 87.
For Canada, Patrick Marleau. He didn't get a lot of points but did a lot of very good things that led to goals. He was Canada's best player on the boards, best penalty killer and along with Toews and Nash their best defensive player. If they awarded "3rd assists" Marleau would have led the team in scoring.
I have to admit that the Gold Medal game was the only time I saw the USA play, but I saw a lot of Canada and the European teams.
Toews was excellent tonight and all tournament. I'll go with him.
Fair enough. Toews is a solid pick in that case. So is Miller really.
I don't think Luongo's performance tonight was on par with Miller's, though. I had a feeling that the rebounds he was giving up were going to come back and burn him at some point. That doesn't mean that he was bad, though. He was still good for the most part and was great at some points when he had to be.
Write in this thread who you thought was the final MVP and also why, otherwise you canīt write it here:
My choice is Chris Pronger. My arguments are that he shut down the entire ice in this final. USA could have scored 3-4 more goals if someone else had his minutes. He just blocked everything, pucks, bodies, along the boards, he closed down everything. Just a defensive superstar performance. He simply was the best in Team Canada when it mattered the most once again.
Edit: I am talking about final game MVP.
So most tend to agree, anybody else except Pronger. I think that's your Flyer fan talking.
P.S. Who gets an MVP for one game? Miller all the way for the tournament.