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Clutch scorer Patrick Kane is the latest name to get Conn Smythe consideration.
With the back-and-forth nature of this year's championship, the Conn Smythe focus seems to be shifting almost daily.
Both Corey Crawford and Tuukka Rask were earning plenty of adulation for their airtight goaltending...until the 6-5 offensive outburst in Game 4.
Chara was revered for his defense...until the Hawks scored a whole bunch of goals on his watch in Games 4 and 5. Keith has been outstanding on the Blackhawks blue line but was suspended for a retaliatory high-sticking infraction on Jeff Carter during the Los Angeles series.
David Krejci looks like a lock for the playoff scoring championship with a six-point lead on his nearest rivals, but he's slipped under the radar in the finals with just four assists in five games. Patrick Sharp leads the playoffs with 10 goals and could merit some consideration. Bryan Bickell was a goal-scoring revelation with two game-winners in the early rounds but has just three assists in the finals.
Rounding out the top five scoring leaders, we have Nathan Horton—still miles ahead of everyone else in plus/minus but could be battling a lingering shoulder injury. He hasn't scored since he tallied the game-winner in Game 2 against Pittsburgh.
Milan Lucic has been the best power forward of the playoffs, logging 18 points and a plus-13 along with 14 penalty minutes on his line with Horton and Krejci. Lucic has been a forechecking force and has shown the ability to find that extra gear when the going gets tough, like in Game 7 against Toronto.
From Chicago, the player who's stepped up has been Patrick Kane. Now tied for second overall in scoring, Kane tallied two more big goals in Game 5 to go along with series-clinching hat trick against Los Angeles.
Kane has gotten better as the playoffs have gone on and could well have some big plays left in his bag of tricks.