It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, we had the first-ever three-way tie, with Henrik Lundqvist, David Wright and Raul Ibanez sharing the honors (and having to split the Denny's gift certificate that's handed out). This week, the New York Rangers took a two-to-one lead over the New Jersey Devils, while the New York Yankees went 2-5 and New York Mets 3-4. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Henrik Lundqvist: The Ranger goalie must have the Devils shaking their heads. He's stopping breakaways, two-on-ones and whatever else New Jersey throws at him. Lundqvist has a pair of shutouts in the three games, making 21 and 36 saves in Games 1 and 3, respectively, and allowed three goals with 21 saves in Game 2.â†µ
Martin Brodeur: Almost as good as Lundqvist has been his counterpart. Brodeur's made spectacular saves every which way, whether diving, kicking, heading or flailing. He's only let in two goals in each game, making 25, 23 and 19 saves.â†µ
Dan Girardi: His face looks like the playoffs, with scars, cuts, bruises and scratches galore, not to mention the requisite beard. Twice this week, Girardi has scored the game-winning goal, both coming early in the third period. He also had assists in Games 1 and 2 and is a plus-4 in the series, with six blocked shots and eight hits.â†µ
Chris Kreider: The just-turned-21-year-old has been the best Ranger forward in the series, and he tied a franchise rookie record, with goals in three consecutive playoff games, equaling Don Maloney's streak from 1979. Kreider's been solid in all phases of the game, and has four points in the three games (three goals and an assist).â†µ
David Clarkson: The best player on the ice in Game 2, Clarkson scored the winning goal, with a tough deflection past Lundqvist. The goal was his third game-winner of this year's playoffs, one away from tying the club mark.â†µ
Andy Pettitte: With the Yankees' offense scuffling and the bullpen shorthanded, the team sorely needed a solid starting performance, and the out-of-retirement, middle-aged lefty tossed a gem on Friday, in the 4-0 win over the Reds. Pettitte threw eight shutout innings, striking out nine, while only allowing four hits and walking one.â†µ
David Wright: Another sizzling week for Wright, as he batted .500 (8-for-16), with a staggering six doubles, seven walks, three RBIs, five runs scored and a stolen base. And he came up with the two-out, eighth-inning game-winning hit in Thursday's come-from-behind win over the Reds. His average is now up to .412.