It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Derek Jeter was the winner. This week, the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, the New York Yankees and New York Mets both went 4-2, while the New York Knicks' season ended. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Brad Richards: He came to New York with the reputation as a big-play, clutch player, and he's been exactly as advertised, especially this week. Richards scored the game-tying goal with 7.6 seconds left in Game 6 and netted the huge first goal only 1:32 into Game 7, which set the tone for the last 58-plus minutes. What more can he do? His 11 points place him fourth in the league in playoff scoring.â†µ
Henrik Lundqvist: The King only allowed three measly goals combined in Games 6 and 7 (and the one in the clincher was an R.A. Dickey knuckleball that he never saw), and Lundqvist made sure his team kept the lead during the second-period flurry when the Caps lived in the Rangers' zone. His playoff numbers after two rounds: 1.68 GAA, .937 save percentage.â†µ
Martin Brodeur: The soon-to-be-Hall-of-Fame goalie stoned the Flyers in the final game of the series, only allowing one goal while making 27 saves. Brodeur has a 2.05 GAA and .920 save percentage in the playoffs, which may be the worst of the final four goalies, but he's MARTIN BRODEUR -- he has three Cups to their none, and all the experience in the world.â†µ
Ilya Kovalchuk: The Devils' star scored a goal and added an assist in the Game 5 clincher. His comeback from an injury inspired his teammates, and he leads New Jersey in playoff points (12, on five goals and seven assists), which is good for third in the league.â†µ
David Wright: The Met third baseman can do no wrong this season, as he continued his fantastic start to the year with another sizzling week, even managing to raise his average, from .375 to .400. For the week, he piled up 13 hits (.481 average), hit a home run and four doubles, racked up seven RBIs, scored six runs and walked twice.â†µ
Raul Ibanez: Derek Jeter's not the only old guy who's hitting for the Yankees. Ibanez bashed four home runs this week, drove in eight runs, scored five, went 6-for-17, hit one double and walked twice.â†µ
Robinson Cano: The Yankees have been waiting for the middle of the order to start producing, and here they come, led by Cano, who batted .500 this week, with 11 hits, a home run, six RBIs, three doubles, one run and two walks.