Five Conn Smythe candidates

Updated: April 26, 2012, 9:59 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

One round does not make a Conn Smythe Trophy winner, but it certainly makes one-quarter of one. Unlike some other sports that hand out the MVP for one series or one game, the NHL's great tradition sees the MVP recognized for all four rounds of his work. One round into the playoffs, here are your top five candidates:

1. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia FlyersWell, he outplayed the two best players in the world, so by my math that makes the pride of Hearst, Ontario, the best player in the playoffs. ...

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