It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Jason Pierre-Paul won for the second consecutive week. This week, the New York Giants came out on top against the New York Jets, beating Gang Green for the fifth straight time, the New York Knicks began their season with a dramatic Christmas victory, the New York Rangers went 3-0 and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division, the New Jersey Devils were 1-1 and the New York Islanders 1-2. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Victor Cruz: He only made three catches on Saturday, but two of them were crucial. Cruz's 99-yard touchdown catch-and-run was the game-turning play of the day, faking out Antonio Cromartie and leaping over the outstretched arms of Eric Smith. And his 36-yard completion in the third quarter helped set up the Giants' second touchdown. In all, he gained 164 receiving yards, and set two franchise records -- the longest touchdown reception, and he passed Amani Toomer for most single-season receiving yards.
Justin Tuck: We could nominate Pierre-Paul once again (two more sacks), but we'll give someone else a chance. Tuck was his dominating old self, with a sack, three tackles and two pass deflections. He led the defense, as they rattled Mark Sanchez in the second half forcing the Jets into three turnovers and a safety (and countless booth reviews). He was one of the few players who didn't chatter in the week leading up to the game, and he let his play do the talking for him.â†µ
Darrelle Revis: The all-world cornerback held up his end of the bargain, as he deflected five passes, helped to force an interception and held Hakeem Nicks to one measly catch for the day. He also made two tackles, and made sure to remind everyone that he's a lot more than "decent."â†µ
Carmelo Anthony: After leading by 17, then trailing by 10, the Knicks finally won by two, thanks to Anthony, who stepped up and carried the team. He scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning free throws, after he watched his team fall apart in the third quarter while he was on the bench. For the game, Anthony scored 37 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists, two steals and one blocked shot.â†µ
Marian Gaborik: There are many Rangers to choose from -- Michael Del Zotto scored a goal with two assists and was a plus-7, Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant in the victories over the Devils and Flyers -- but we'll go with Gaborik. The right wing netted four goals in the three games and added an assist. He was also plus-6 for the week. He now leads the league in goals, with 21 (one fewer than he scored all of last year), and it's not out of the question that he can break Jaromir Jagr's franchise record of 53.â†µ
P.A. Parenteau: The Islander did it all this week, even though his team only came out on top one out of three times. Parenteau scored two goals, and added the shootout winner vs. the Winnipeg Jets, had two assists, six hits and blocked a shot. He leads the Islanders with 22 assists.â†µ
Ilya Kovalchuk: The Devils only played twice this week, with one win, but in that victory Kovalchuk scored a goal, assisted on another and then won it in the shootout with the first goal in the extra period. He has 27 points in 29 games this season.â†µ