New York Rangers' Best Players Thus Far in NHL Playoff Series vs. Canadiens

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIMay 23, 2014

New York Rangers' Best Players Thus Far in NHL Playoff Series vs. Canadiens

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    The New York Rangers lead the Montreal Canadiens two games to one in the Eastern Conference Final.

    While they missed out on a chance to go up three games to zero, the Rangers still have control of the series.

    That is due, in large part, to the play of a few individuals who have really taken their game to new heights.

    Who have been the Rangers' best players thus far in this NHL playoff series versus the Canadiens? 

    Read on to find out.

Henrik Lundqvist

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    Despite giving up three goals in the Game 3 loss, Lundqvist is still playing out of this world.

    He has a ridiculous 1.99 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in these playoffs. Of the four goaltenders remaining—including Corey Crawford of Chicago, Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles and Dustin Tokarski of Montreal—Lundqvist has faced the most shots and has only allowed one more goal than Crawford. Crawford has only faced 433 shots in 14 games, while Lundqvist has faced 477 in 17 games.

    Quite simply, this is the best Henrik Lundqvist has ever played, and it is the main reason the Rangers are so close to getting to the Stanley Cup Final.

    As of now, he is the heavy Conn Smythe favorite. 

Ryan McDonagh

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    After two so-so series to start the postseason, McDonagh has taken his game to a new level against Montreal.

    He has six points in three games and has made numerous incredible defensive plays.

    McDonagh has been at his best when his team has needed it the most. Whether it's leading the rush, quarterbacking the power play, breaking up odd-man rushes or blocking shots, McDonagh does it all and is easily one of the top-10 defenseman in the game today.

Martin St. Louis

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    Martin St. Louis leads all Rangers in points with 12 and is in the top 10 for points scored in the playoffs.

    He has points in five straight games and has done so in the midst of immense personal tragedy.

    St. Louis has established himself as a leader in his short time with the Rangers. He is probably the Rangers' most skilled forward, and definitely the team's best passer. He is also a terrific penalty-killer.

    St. Louis does it all, and he has consistently generated offensive chances when he is on the ice.