It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Jeremy Lin won in a landslide, most likely the biggest romp in Player of the Week history, taking 96% of the vote. This week, his New York Knicks went 3-1, the New Jersey Nets 1-3, the New York Rangers 2-1, the New York Islanders 2-1 and the New Jersey Devils 3-0. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Deron Williams: The Knicks may have Linsanity, but the Nets still have the most polished point guard in the area. Williams led the Nets to a victory over the Eastern Conference-best Chicago Bulls on Saturday, pouring in 29 points and dishing out eight assists. He wasn't too shabby in the other games either, with 26/11 on Wednesday, 29/4 on Thursday and 26/6 on Sunday.â†µ
Jeremy Lin: The Knicks finally lost their first game in the Lin era this week, but they won three others, including the new sensation's unbelievable three-pointer with a half a second left in Toronto (27 points, 11 assists), a romp over Sacramento (10 points, 13 assists) and an impressive, gritty win over Dallas (28 points, 14 assists, five steals). Sure, Lin turns the ball over, but that's what you're going to get with his aggressive style of play.â†µ
John Tavares: The Islanders have a young sensation of their own in Tavares, and this week the dynamic center scored a pair of goals (including the game-winner) and added an assist in the win over the Hurricanes, and he also notched an assist in the 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.â†µ
Martin Brodeur: The Devils' goalie only let in four goals in his three games this week, all wins, including one in his hometown of Montreal on Sunday. In Friday night's win over the Ducks, Brodeur tied Henrik Lundqvist for most all-time shootout wins, with 40. New Jersey keeps moving up in the standings, and Brodeur is a big reason why.â†µ
Ilya Kovalchuk: The offensive star for the Devils this week, Kovalchuk recorded his first hat trick as a Devil in Tuesday's win over the Sabres (and also added an assist). He scored a shootout goal in Friday's victory, and had an assist in Sunday's win over the Canadiens.â†µ
Henrik Lundqvist: The King made 42 saves on Tuesday when he shut out the Bruins, winning 3-0. It was his league-leading seventh shutout of the year. In his other game this week, he only allowed two goals in the 3-2 overtime victory over Columbus. Lundqvist's GAA now stands at 1.78, with a league-best .940 save percentage.