Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for winning Lord Stanley’s Cup last night!
In what will go down as one of the wildest finished to a Stanley Cup Finals, the boys from ChiTown scored two goals in the final 1:16 of the game (within 17 seconds of each other, to boot!) to win the series on the Boston Bruins‘ home ice.
Buffalo’s native son Patrick Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player, based on his 19 total points (9-10) and +7 rating through these playoffs. No doubt his 5 points in the Finals, including his two-goal effort that propelled the Blackhawks to a game 5 win, weighed heavily on the minds of voters – but was Patrick Kane really the MVP of these playoffs?
I’ll pause to allow you time to hurl insults and heavy items at your computer screens. Done yet? Good.
Clearly, Kane was good – you want to say great, I won’t argue with that. But consider for a second what it means to be the MVP. One needs only look back to last year’s playoffs to see the epitome of what it means to be the most valuable player on a team: Jonathan Quick. There is little doubt in most people’s minds that if Quick had not been so lights-out last year, the Kings would not have won the Stanley Cup. Can we really say the same about Patrick Kane – that the Blackhawks would not have won the cup without Kane? I think it’s a fair question to ask.
To his credit, Kane was very gracious, saying “”I think there’s a lot of guys that deserved it,” and went on to name his own starting goalie, Corey Crawford, as an example. I don’t know if I would give Crawford my vote – but Tuukka Rask, on the other hand, is an option I would consider. I have an easier time arguing that the Bruins would not have made it as far as they did had Rask not played as well as he did, than I do making the same case for Kane. Heck, I may even have had to cast a vote for David Krejci over Patrick Kane – 27 points in these playoffs? Could Boston have made it to the finals without his efforts? I even heard a few people make a case for Kane’s teammate Duncan Keith, who logged 50,000 minutes of ice time in these playoffs- it’s true! See for yourself! (It’s not.)
But enough from me – it’s time for you to let me what you think! Vote, and comment below if you feel the need!