What's Buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Conn Smythe Watch: Tuukka vs. Toews

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View photo

.

By popular demand, Puck Daddy takes its Conn Smythe Watch from the evening Three Stars to every morning of the postseason. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.

1. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Rask remains the playoffs’ top goalie after Round 1. He finished with a .961 save percentage and a 1.16 GAA.

2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews now has three goals, four assists and three game-winning goals in the Blackhawks’ first six games of the postseason.

3. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

MacKinnon scored arguably the biggest goal of the series in OT of Game 5. He leads the NHL with 10 points in five playoff games.

4. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Getzlaf had a quiet Game 6 as the Ducks eliminated the Stars, but has three goals and four assists so far for Anaheim.

5. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

Varly brings a .931 save percentage and 2.33 GAA into Game 6 against the Wild.

6. Marty St. Louis, New York Rangers

St. Louis picked up another assist in the Rangers’ Game 5 win, and now has two goals and four helpers for the playoffs.

7. Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Has three goals and four assists, including an OT game-winner. They’ll need him in Game 6.

8. Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets

Johansen had an assist on the Jackets’ lone goal of Game 5 and has moved to the front of their MVP watch.

9. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens

Gallagher remains primed for a big second round if it’s a rough and tumble series against the Bruins. He has 3 goals and 2 assists in four games.

10. Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins

The leading scorer on the Pens with eight assists and skating over 27 minutes per game.

View Comments (30)
  • Campbell returns to Blackhawks after agreeing to 1-year deal

    Brian Campbell wanted to return to Chicago and the Blackhawks were more than willing to welcome him back. It's where my heart was,'' said Campbell, who lives in the Chicago area with his family. The 37-year-old Campbell played in Chicago from 2008 … More »

    AP - Sports - 10 minutes ago
  • The Latest: New York Islanders sign Ladd, Chimera

    The Latest: New York Islanders sign Ladd, Chimera

    The New York Islanders moved quickly at the start of NHL free agency, signing forwards Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera on Friday. Ladd agreed to a seven-year contract and Chimera comes to New York on a two-year deal. The Islanders saw two long-time … More »

    AP - Sports - 13 minutes ago
  • Wild sign Eric Staal for 3 years, $10.5M

    Eric Staal settled with a new team that satisfied his postseason aspirations. The Minnesota Wild found the top-six forward they were seeking. Staal and the Wild agreed to terms Friday on a three-year, $10.5 million contract, soon after NHL free … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Rangers sign free agents Gerbe, Grabner and Clendening

    The New York Rangers have signed free agent forwards Michael Grabner and Nathan Gerbe and defenseman Adam Clendening. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signings Friday as the Rangers used the opening day of free agency to improve their team … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford gets new deal after title season

    When Jim Rutherford arrived in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2014, he figured he'd be around two or three years tops. The Penguins signed Rutherford to a new three-year contract Friday just two weeks removed from the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup, … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago