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Early Playoff MVP

It's still early in the playoffs but each team has played at least two games.  It is probably too early to pick a meaningful MVP of the playoffs but I have always been interested in the question of when an award winner first emerges so it is helpful to make picks for awards early and see if those picks are still standing when the award is given out.

In most series the story has been how low scoring things have been.  There have been four shutouts so far.  No team has scored more than five goals in any given game.  It is hard to pick an MVP because we are picking a best player from half a week of play.  Nevertheless my pick right now is Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.  Holtby has stopped 58 of 59 shots so far in two games with one going into overtime.  While he hasn't really stolen either game his strong goaltending is a reason that Washington leads their series 2-0.  It is hard to lose a series when you allow only one goal.

Holtby has a history of strong play in the first round of the playoffs.  He played a strong first round series in 2012 beating then reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  It looks like he could do the same against reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist this year.  Will he last as playoff MVP?  Probably not, but if Washington has a strong playoff run it isn't impossible.

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Can you at least wait until the 1st round is done to talk about a playoff MVP?! Why do people care so much about MVP anyway? Also, you’re picking Holtby because the pathetic NY Rangers have scored only 1 goal in 2 games? You realize the Rangers offense is awful, right?

I follow Kuklas on twitter and every time I end up on the Puck Stops Here blog from a tweet, it’s because I read an insane headline that makes no sense. But this has been going on for years… There are far better things to blog about right now in these playoffs.

Posted by LGP8771 on 05/05/13 at 04:22 PM ET

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Two games.

Two.

So let me get this straight: Can we expect a new MVP blog entry every two games? Is it just for the playoffs or will you continue this pace during the 13/14 regular season as well?

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 05/05/13 at 04:43 PM ET

DAN M's avatar

Justin Abdelkader and Brunner were the MVP’s for the Anaheim Ducks last game. Like Souray was the DRW MVP in game 2.

Posted by DAN M on 05/05/13 at 05:03 PM ET

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Holtby is the least tested goalie in this year’s playoffs.

Posted by LiteWork on 05/05/13 at 06:36 PM ET

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I NOW think Pageau is the playoff MVP

Posted by yayamo on 05/05/13 at 09:41 PM ET

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