Originally written May 25, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
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I haven’t mentioned the question of playoff MVP since the first round when I picked Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers.  He has been out of the playoffs since the end of the second round but I would still argue he is likely the playoff win shares leader among position players.  He is starting to be challenged - most clearly by Dustin Brown of Los Angeles.  I think the best players of the playoffs have been the West Conference goalies.  Jonathan Quick and Mike Smith have had incredible playoffs.  The success of their respective teams is strongly due to their strong play.  Quick has a .946 saves percentage and a 1.54 GAA.  Smith has faced significantly more shots per game and has a .944 saves percentage and a 1.99 GAA.  I pick Smith as having more playoff win shares at this point because of his heavy workload but he is out of the playoffs.  Therefore Jonathan Quick is the top player in the Conn Smythe race as he is playing well is still active in the playoffs. Continue reading ...
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