Found May 29, 2012 on Taking Bad Schotz:
Gettyimage.ashx_url_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f84587582.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d17a4ad9fdb9cf1932c8ca862d78896b9c5c4eacb6ebd461e
After a grueling 82 games season and three rounds of physical playoff hockey, we have finally made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Here is a look at the candidates to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) for this year’s playoffs.   Ilya Kovalchuck, New Jersey Devils:  Fans across the NHL are starting to realize why the Devils signed Kovalchuk to such a large contract two summers ago. The Russian left-winger has provided New Jersey with a tremendous offensive spark and is a scoring threat every time he steps on the ice. Kovalchuk leads the team in both goals and assists this postseason. He has also been playing a tad over 23 minutes per game, an extremely high amount for an offensive player. Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings:  There is no better Kings to wear the “C” on their jersey than Dustin Brown. Brown has been the heart and soul of the eight seed throughout the entire playoff, leading the team in points, making big hits, and always sacrificing his body for the good of the team. If the Kings ever need a spark, Brown gives it to them (the Kings scored their overtime series winning goal against Phoenix after a huge and ((and legal)) Brown hit. Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils: Zach Parise is to the Devils what Dustin Brown is to the Kings. Not only is he one of the most skilled players on the ice, but also one of the smartest and most physical. Parise has led the Devils in their under the radar run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings: The 22-year-old defenseman has already proved that he is one of the best in the league. Doughty plays an unreal 26 minutes per game, and dazzles his opponents with his incredible stick handling, fiery slap shot, and tremendous speed. After the 2009-2010 season Doughty became the youngest player to be named a finalist for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman) and he has returned to that level of play this postseason. Jonathon Quick, Los Angeles Kings: Quite frankly, the Kings would not even be in the playoffs if it weren’t for Quick’s ten shutouts during the regular season. This postseason he has the second highest save percentage and second lowest goals against average, posting two shutouts in his twelve games started. More impressively Quick has only given up more than two goals twice, meaning the Kings can almost guarantee a win if they are able to score three goals. Quick is making a strong case not only for the Conn Smythe Trophy, but the Veniza as well (best goalie award). -Langer  
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

The Ultimate NHL Stanley Cup Preview: New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings

After systematically taking down seeds 1 through 3, the Los Angeles Kings anchored by Vezina and Conn Smythe trophy candidate Jonathan Quick will be facing its toughest challenge against an eerily similar opponent in the New Jersey Devils. To read this extensive analysis with almost a dozen videos please click the link below.

Scuderi's Cup experience valuable to Kings

NEWARK -- The Los Angeles Kings are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993, but it’s not the first Cup run for veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi.The 33-year-old Long Island native has been with the Kings since July of 2009. Prior to that Scuderi was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and on the roster when they reached the Cup Final in 2008 and 2009...

Zach Parise dodges microphones and notepads during press conference

Talk about being unprofessional. Here is a video of New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise trying to answer questions for the media when two members of the media cause  a ruckus by fighting for position with their microphones.Parise seems amused by the unprofessional antics of the two media members and tries to avoid getting hit by the microphones and notepads. The Stanley Cup Finals...

Todd Cordell: Martin Brodeur expected back, Henrik Tallinder ready to go + other notes

Though the New Jersey Devils don't play today and haven't for the last few days, there have been some interesting news pieces floating around. Today, I'll touch on them. - Martin Brodeur told TSN what we all expected yesterday: that he is leaning towards playing another season regardless of what happens in this series. Brodeur has shown throughout the season and playoffs...

Video: Kopitar wins Game 1 in overtime

With the game tied 1-1 heading into overtime, the Kings and Devils were each looking for a hero in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.  Anze Kopitar stepped up for the Kings, capitalizing on this breakaway opportunity to lift the Kings to a 2-1 win.  With the win, the Kings took a 1-0 series lead and pushed their playoff road record to 9-0.  Game 2 will take place Saturday night in Newark.

Unlikely duo: Kings, Devils set for Cup final

A little less than two years after battling for the services of high-scoring free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are going after a bigger prize - the Stanley Cup. To tell the truth, hardly anyone picked the Devils and Kings to get this far. The odds were lottery like. Led by Kovalchuk and a 40-year-old Martin Brodeur, the Devils are just...

Are the Kings really still underdogs?

Stanley Cup predictions are filing in and one fact remains constant: Los Angeles is an underdog yet again. The writers and experts over at NHL.com have released their selections for the Stanley Cup and once again the Los Angeles Kings aren't receiving much love. Considering LA's extremely impressive march through the playoffs the question must be asked - why are they still...

Can't Stop Kopitar: Kings Lead 1-0

On a night where the New Jersey Devils were unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities, it seemed inevitable that the Los Angeles Kings would come away with a Game One victory. Anze Kopitar's seventh goal of the postseason gave LA an overtime victory and an early series lead. The Devils will need to come out strong in Game Two and even up the series before hitting...

Jonathan Quick Won't Be Fazed by Stanley Cup Pressure Despite Martin Brodeur's Experience (Podcast)

Perhaps the most intriguing Stanley Cup Final storyline is the goaltending. While Martin Brodeur is a grizzled veteran getting set for his 200th career playoff game on Wednesday, Jonathan Quick will have just 27 postseason contests under his belt. Clearly, Brodeur -- who also has nine All-Star Game selections and three Stanley Cups to his credit -- has the superior resume and the...

The Sport Sofa Stanley Cup Preview

                Just as everyone predicted in the off-season, the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings faceoff tonight in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Sport Sofa takes a quick glance at both teams key areas. Offence Both these teams were plagued with scoring issues through the course of the regular season. Of course, we know, that means nothing now. Two dynamic...

Los Angeles Kings Goalie Jonathan Quick Favored to Follow Tim Thomas' Lead, Win Conn Smythe Trophy

Last year, the Boston Bruins rode a hot goaltender in Tim Thomas to their first Stanley Cup Finals trip since 1990. The B's went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games behind Thomas' stellar performance for their first title since 1972. This season, the Western Conference's eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings are following the same script. The Kings knocked off No...

The Kings’ Penalty Kill May Make The Difference

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, Special teams, we are always told, are the difference between champions and also-rans in the NHL playoffs. Well, based on recent evidence, that is half-right, which might spell trouble for the New Jersey Devils when they open the Stanley Cup final Wednesday at home against the Los Angeles Kings. For it is penalty killing that is the crucial...

Morning Skate: May 30

Los Angeles Kings @ New Jersey DevilsStanley Cup Final, Game 18:00 ET… TV: NBC, CBCPlayers to watch:LA-      Jeff CarterCarter is coming off a series vs. Phoenix in which he picked up five points in five games, including a hat trick.  He’s one player that could really make a difference in this series if he comes alive.  Not to mention, he’s familiar with the Devils.NJ...

Can Devils earn breaks against Kings?

"I told Adam Henrique I watched his Game 6 goal multiple times because I didn't know how he got so open. He said, 'I didn't know either.'" - Dave Lozo, NHL.com During the broken play that eventually ended the New York Rangers' season, rookie pivot Adam Henrique found himself alone and in the middle of the crease with the puck on his blade. Even though...

Kings-Devils Preview

A little less than two years after battling for the services of high-scoring free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are going after a bigger prize - the Stanley Cup. To tell the truth, hardly anyone picked the Devils and Kings to get this far. The odds were lottery like, and the teams beat them with authority in reaching a series that will...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.