Stanley Cup Finals 2011: Why Vancouver Will Win and Ryan Kesler Will Be MVP

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Stanley Cup Finals 2011: Why Vancouver Will Win and Ryan Kesler Will Be MVP
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Let’s be honest here—Boston sucks. No, I’m not referring to the city in general (well…maybe). I’m talking about the Bruins.

They’re in the Stanley Cup Finals, you say. So what? They still don’t deserve to win it, not by a long shot. If you don’t believe me, last night’s game is a perfect example.

I think the best way to describe it is that if somehow Boston manages to win, they should be renamed the Boston Thomases next year. Their all-star, Vezina-nominated, better-with-age goaltender is the only reason that Boston has a fighting chance in this series, and the sole reason they even made it this far.

Keeping that in mind, I think Luongo is a better goalie. [Pause for yelling to subside]. Just because Thomas is a more spectacular netminder, does not make him a better one. Remember a year and a half ago when Luongo overshadowed one of the greatest goalies of all time, Marty Brodeur, to take over and lead Team Canada to a gold medal? That’s kind of a big deal—especially considering Thomas didn’t even lace up for Team USA. Since then, Luongo has grown and gained experience as one of the best in the game, and he is there to keep the Canucks in the game right until the end.

Yesterday’s insane goalie duel showed how each of them are definitely great and deserving of the Vezina trophy, but the reason Vancouver will take this series is because of the forwards who can help Luongo out.

Just think about it. Who would you take—Sedin A, Sedin B, Kesler and Burrows or Horton, Krejci and Bergeron? You can’t honestly say that you’d pick up the Bruins players that have eight less power play goals and 15 more penalty minutes between them. Sure they’re racking up game winning goals and OT winners, but they should be doing all that considering there isn’t much offense after those guys.

I think Vancouver’s team is much deeper, their goalie is playing calm and collected hockey, and their forwards are explosive. Unless Thomas gets some help from his players and Chara gets his head out of his ass, this series could be over much quicker than you think.

That brings us to the MVP talk—who will raise the Conn Smythe Trophy at series end? Undoubtedly Ryan Kesler.

The Sedins are great, and Luongo is playing very solid hockey, but Kesler is the hero of this team. I don’t think any other guy had more of an impact in every series of the playoffs other than Kesler. Playing on the second line and picking up 19 points in 19 games including some power play, game-winning and OT goals, Kesler is my choice for MVP.

Vancouver in 5, Kesler as MVP. No doubt about it.

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