Kings' Swift possessing an additional MVP-worthy playoffs
If the Los Angeles Kings could repeat as NHL champions, goaltender Jonathan Fast would have a likelihood to achieve a feat rarer than back-to-back titles.
No team has won a 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup because the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. But no player has won back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies considering that the Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux was voted playoff MVP in 1991 and 1992.
Swift won last season with numbers (one.41 goals-towards typical and .946 conserve percentage) comparable to these he has posted in the first two rounds (1.50, .948).
"He is taking part in as nicely as he did final postseason http://www.blackhawksshopofficial.com," NBC analyst Pierre McGuire explained. "He has regained his flexibility and quickness soon after offseason (back) surgical treatment."
In 13 playoff games, Quick has posted 3 shutouts and given up 1 objective twice and two targets six occasions. He has by no means offered up more than three.
"Like Dominik Hasek prior to him, Fast has a special fashion that is difficult to emulate," McGuire explained. "He baits shooters into a false sense of thinking they have a lot more time and a lot more net to shoot at, and then he requires it away. His super-aggressive method calls for remarkable leg power, quickness, agility and superior flexibility."
With a second consecutive remarkable playoff run, Rapid probably has placed himself as the preferred to be the USA's Olympic goalie http://www.blackhawksshopofficial.com/Duncan_Keith_Jersey.
"The only that will maintain him from starting in Sochi would be damage," McGuire mentioned. "He is the very best American goalie at this time and possibly is the very best goalie in the globe."
The Conn Smythe has been given out considering that 1965, and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent (1974 and 1975) is the only other player with back-to-back trophies.
New Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is the only player to win the trophy 3 times http://www.blackhawksshopofficial.com/Patrick_Kane_Jersey. Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr also won it twice.
Other people who are in the early conversation for the award:
Kris Letang (Pittsburgh): With sixteen points in 11 games Bobby Hull Jersey, he has been the most dynamic defenseman in the postseason. He is a point guy on the Penguins' hazardous power play. He also has a plus seven rating.
Corey Crawford (Chicago Blackhawks): Despite the fact that Crawford does not receive considerably fanfare, the goalie is humming along with a one.70 ambitions-towards regular and .938 conserve percentage.
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh): The scary aspect of Malkin's candidacy is he has sixteen factors and it does not truly feel like he has completed something major.
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh): He has 15 points in ten video games. If the Penguins win the Cup, he'll be one particular of the principal motives why.
Pascal Dupuis (Pittsburgh): He has 7 objectives, two of them short-handed.
Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins): He is averaging 29 minutes a game since he's often a presence in the postseason.
Nathan Horton (Boston): The huge winger has averaged a stage a game and is plus 14 in 12 video games Jeremy Roenick Jersey. No 1 is close to his plus-minus rating.