2011 NHL Playoffs: MVPs of Each 2nd-Round Series

April WeinerCorrespondent IMay 13, 2011

2011 NHL Playoffs: MVPs of Each 2nd-Round Series

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 28: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks skates with the puck during Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Nashville Predators during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 28, 2011 at Rogers Arena in
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    The second round seems to have taken forever this year. With four-game sweeps in both of the Eastern Conference series and Games 6 and 7 in the Western series, it was quite lopsided.

    Once again, every series was entertaining and provided outstanding performances from many different players.

    If MVPs were awarded after every series, these players would receive it for the Conference Semifinals.

Tampa Bay Lightning Versus Washington Capitals: Sean Bergenheim

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    TAMPA, FL - MAY 04:  Sean Bergenheim #10 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores at 4:41 of the second period against the Washington Capitals in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the St Pete Times Forum o
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    Sean Bergenheim may not be one of the more recognized names of the Tampa Bay Lightning roster, but he was indispensable against Washington.

    Most had Washington as the favored team in the series, yet the Capitals walked away without a single win in the series, thanks to another amazing series by Tampa goaltender Dwayne Roloson and the amazing performance by Bergenheim.

    The Finnish forward finished the series with four goals, two coming in the clinching Game 4.

    Altogether in the playoffs, Bergenheim has eight points, seven goals and an assist, tying him for fourth on the Lightning in playoff scoring.

Boston Bruins Versus Philadelphia Flyers: Tim Thomas

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 06:  Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins celebrates victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 6, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The
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    The Boston Bruins swept the Philadelphia Flyers, as payback for not being able to close out their series against the Flyers last year.

    The Bruins outscored the Flyers 20-7 in the series, with a lot of help from goaltender Tim Thomas.

    Thomas had a 1.66 GAA against Philly, bringing his playoff GAA to 2.03 and save percentage to .937.

    Both statistics put him second in the league in the playoffs, behind Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson, whom he will square off against next.

Vancouver Canucks Versus Nashville Predators: Ryan Kesler

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    Ryan Kesler is tied for the league lead in playoff points, with 15. His five goals and 10 assists put him five points ahead of Daniel Sedin, the next highest scorer for the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs.

    Of those points, 11 came against the Predators, six assists and all five of his goals. Two of his goals ended up being the GWG.

    With Kesler this hot, the Canucks are a force to be reckoned with.

San Jose Sharks Versus Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk

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    Yes, the San Jose Sharks won the series finally in Game 7, but the Detroit Red Wings forced a Game 7 after going three games down to the Sharks.

    Datsyuk tallied two goals and seven assists against the Sharks, tying him with Ryan Kesler for most points in the playoffs (until the next round).

    Datsyuk even brought Game 7 into a one-goal game with his goal at 13:59 left in the third period, making Sharks fans cringe in suspense until the final seconds of the game were finally up.

    Easy to see why he's this year's winner of the Kharlamov as the NHL's best Russian player.