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While Blackhawks fans are anxiously waiting for their second round opponent to be decided tonight between the Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche, lets take a moment and figure out which player was the Most Valuable Player of the first round victory against the St. Louis Blues.
“Captain Serious” was a big part of the Blackhawks first round series. He had 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points. The most important stat from Toews though, is that every goal he scored in the series ended up being the game winning goal (GWG). He also provided leadership, and also played well on the defensive side of the puck.
Kane, who wore a knee brace for the entire series, played well and provided some timely goals for the Hawks. He had 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points. Kane scored the Game 4 overtime GWG.
Corey Crawford had an up and down first round series. He issued a 34 save shutout in Game 3, and only allowed 1 goal in a Game 6 in which he made 35 saves. During the second period of that Game 6, the Blues had multiple power play chances and Crawford made some incredible saves with some questionable defense in front of him. Many people believe that Crawford was the Blackhawks best penalty killer throughout the series. He also gave up some questionable goals as well, including more than a couple goals at the end of periods. In Game 1, he gave up a game tying goal to Jaden Schwartz with less than 2 minutes left in regulation, which resulted in a 3 OT game which the Blues won. He ended the series with a save percentage of .935, and a goals allowed average of 1.98.
Keith has been considered the Blackhawks best defenseman for a very long time. He is always making the right play defensively, and most of the time they are impressive. He is the leader of the Hawks defensive core. Keith had 2 goals and 5 assists in the series for 7 points. He had 3 assists and a goal in the Hawks series clinching Game 6.
After reviewing all of the possible candidates, it is your turn to decide. Who was the Blackhawks first round MVP?