Power Ranking the MVPs of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs After Round 1

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Power Ranking the MVPs of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs After Round 1
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Chicago goalie Corey Crawford

It's become almost a 50-50 proposition.

Five of the last 11 Conn Smythe Trophy winners have been goaltenders. Two years ago, Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins won the award and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings took it last season.

Those two recent winners give the goaltending position even more weight when considering the award.

Voters tend to look first at goaltenders, especially with save percentages on the rise and standout saves burning brightly in their memory.

However, there's no guarantee that a goaltender will once again walk away with the trophy this year.

Here's our ranking of the top candidates for this year's Conn Smythe Award after the first round of the playoffs.

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