It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Steve Novak won, breaking Jeremy Lin's stranglehold on the honor. This week, the New York Knicks were a disaster, losing all four of their games, the New Jersey Nets went 2-2, the New York Rangers 1-3, the New York Islanders 0-2-1 and the New Jersey Devils 4-0. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Ilya Kovalchuk: The Devils are certainly getting their money's worth from Kovalchuk, who had a big week, with a goal and an assist in the win over the Rangers, a hat trick and an assist in the two victories over the Islanders and a goal and two assists on Sunday night, giving him a whopping nine points for the week. He's now scored 30 or more goals in nine straight seasons.
Brad Richards: The veteran center played what may have been the best game of his Ranger career on Sunday, when he scored two goals (one on a Brian Leetch-like end-to-end rush) and set up Marian Gaborik for the game-winner with five seconds left in overtime. He also drew the penalty that led to the winning goal. Richards also had a goal and assist in the previous two games.â†µ
John Tavares: It wasn't a great week for the Isles, but Tavares is inching his way into the "best centers of the NHL" conversation with his all-world talent. He scored two goals and assisted on another in the three games this week.â†µ
Jordan Farmar: The Nets' backup point guard was the hero in their win over the Clippers on Wednesday, when he nailed the game-winning three-pointer with less than a second left (16 points in the game). In Friday's win over the Bobcats, Farmar had to take over for an injured Deron Williams, and he scored 11 points and dished out seven assists. In Saturday's loss to the Rockets, he poured in 18 points, with four assists.â†µ
Amar'e Stoudemire: It's tough to find any Knick of note this week, but Stoudemire did have a few productive games, scoring 26 points with seven rebounds in Dallas, 18 points and 11 rebounds in San Antonio and 27 points with 11 boards in Milwaukee.â†µ