The first round of the 2010 NHL playoffs has come and gone, and there were a lot of surprises.
The Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, and Buffalo Sabres were all upset in the East, paving the way for the Pittsburgh Penguins to return to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Western Conference has arguably the four best teams remaining in the postseason going up against one another. Two rookie goalies will be going up against seasoned veterans in what will be two of the better series in the playoffs.
And did anyone else realize that one of every seed made it into the next round? I don’t know if that has ever happened before.
A number of players have stood out in the first round, and it’s never too early to take a look at some potential Conn Smythe Candidates—so here are the top five potential candidates for the playoff MVP.