NHL Playoffs 2011: Top 5 Candidates for Conn Smythe Trophy

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Top 5 Candidates for Conn Smythe Trophy
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There have been a number of players who have performed well and been valuable to their team throughout the 2011 NHL playoffs. Some have already been eliminated from Cup contention while the rest continue the battle for the Stanley Cup.

The Conn Smythe Trophy -- given to the playoff MVP -- can technically go to any player deemed most valuable to his team during the playoffs, but it almost always goes to a player on the team that wins the Cup. So although players like Martin St. Louis, Pavel Datsyuk, and Alex Ovechkin were big difference makers—and all a point per game or more players—they will not be considered.

So which players from the Bruins and the Canucks should be in consideration for the award at this time?

Let's take a look at who the top five candidates should be right now.

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