CHICAGO -- Suddenly, the four-round marathon that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs has morphed into a best-of-3 sprint to the finish line.
After four games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the favored Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins are tied at two games apiece with Game 5 in the best-of-7 series Saturday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).
So many players on each side have been responsible for delivering his team to within two wins of the championship. So NHL.com thought it would be interesting to revisit the race for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Four members of the NHL.com staff -- NHL.com senior managing editor Shawn Roarke, LNH.com managing editor Arpon Basu, senior writer Dan Rosen and staff writer Corey Masisak -- voted for their top three candidates prior to Game 5.
Here is how the voting went, awarding three points for a first-place vote, two for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote: