by PuckStopsHere on 05/21/09 at 02:06 AM ET
In my watch of the playoff MVP throughout the playoffs I last picked Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals as the Conn Smythe leader, however since he has been eliminated from the playoffs it is time to pick a new leader. That player is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby leads the playoffs with 12 goals and 22 points. That gives him a one goal and one point lead over Ovechkin and a one point lead over teammate Evgeni Malkin.
I would argue that Ovechkin has still been a better overall player so far by a small margin and in an equal number of games to Crosby, but it makes no sense to have a Conn Smythe leader who was eliminated in the second round.
In some ways this Conn Smythe race is much like the race to be the best player in the NHL regular season. Ovechkin is the best. Crosby comes close and has a better team to work with so he gets more playoff success. Malkin is close enough to the race that he is worthy of mention.
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