It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Nick Swisher was the winner. This week, the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils both advanced to the second round of the playoffs, the New York Knicks played their first postseason game, the New York Yankees went 3-3, the New York Mets 5-3 and the New Jersey Nets ended their Garden State era with two losses. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Henrik Lundqvist: The King was certainly King-like this week, with three spectacular games. Lundqvist made 25 saves and let in two (well, really one) goals in the do-or-die Game 6 against the Senators, only let one slip by him in Game 7 (26 saves), stoning Ottawa in the final flurry, and gave up only one once again in the Game 1 win over the Capitals.
Chris Kreider: What a way to start a career - Kreider netted the game-winning goal in Game 6 against the Senators, made a key defensive play forcing a turnover that led to the first goal in Game 7 and then whistled a slap shot to the back of the net for another game-winner in Game 1 vs. the Capitals, along with adding an assist on the insurance goal in the 3-1 win.â†µ
Adam Henrique: In the Game 7 3-2 win over the Panthers, the Devil rookie not only scored the first goal of the game but the last one as well. And the second one wasn't just any goal, but the game- and series-winner in double overtime. How many rookies can say they did that?â†µ
CC Sabathia: With all the rotation problems for the Yankees, Sabathia came through with two huge performances this week. Stats don't tell the story of his four-run, eight-inning outing in the 7-4 win over the Rangers, and he went eight innings again on Sunday, this time breezing through the game, striking out eight while only walking two and allowing two runs on four hits, in the 6-2 victory.â†µ
Derek Jeter: Who's old? The Yankee shortstop piled up 10 hits this week, batting .434, scoring four runs, hitting two doubles, walking four times, driving in a run and stealing a base. His average stands at .396, and even when he goes 0-for-4, as he did on Friday, he walked in the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run on a passed ball.â†µ
Johan Santana: The Mets' ace isn't going deep into games, but he's giving the team quality. In his two starts this week, he pitched six shutout innings (in Colorado no less) on Sunday, only giving up two hits, and in Tuesday's 2-1 win, he threw six-plus innings, giving up one run on three hits, striking out 11 and walking two.â†µ
Lucas Duda: There were many impressive offensive performances for the Mets this week (Ruben Tejada, David Wright, etc.), but we'll choose Duda because he produced the most runs. The right fielder drove in eight and scored five, along with hitting a home run and a double, walking five times and banging out nine hits, for a .321 average.â†µ
Scott Hairston: Well, he hit for the cycle on Friday, so we have to nominate him, don't we? Hairston is the 10th Met to pull of the feat, and he drove in four runs and scored three in the game to boot.