In 2016, captain Sidney Crosby earned his first Conn Smythe. Could he do it again? If Crosby or Malkin earn it, they would join elite company. Only five players have earned two playoff MVPs since the league started awarding the Conn Smythe in 1965. Crosby would also join Mario Lemieux as a back to back winner.
Crosby is second in points behind Malkin with 22. He has 7 goals and 15 points, averaging 1.10 points per game. He has done this while missing one game for a concussion and on most nights, he has been smothered by opposing team defenses.
We’ll see what happens the rest of the series, but if Crosby equals or surpasses Malkin in points it will definitely be a tough choice between the two outstanding centermen.