In the middle of the Stanley Cup Finals, I looked at a few front-runners for the Conn Smythe Trophy. At that time (after three games), I listed Antti Niemi as the top choice, followed by a handful of players from both teams, including Chris Pronger, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa.
Then, Game Five happened.
Now we're looking at a championship round in which one goalie has a goals against average in the mid-3s and the other hasn't seen the third period in 40 percent of the games.
And Pronger, who may have done the engraving himself during the two games in Philadelphia, played, arguably, the worst postseason game of his career in Chicago on Sunday night.
Let's look at how the top of the list stacks up after five games of the Finals.