It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Eli Manning won the Super Bowl MVP, but that wasn't good enough to take Player of the Week honors, as new sensation Jeremy Lin was the winner. This week, as we're now down to two sports, the New York Knicks went 4-0, the New Jersey Nets 0-4, the New York Rangers 3-1, the New York Islanders 2-2 and the New Jersey Devils 1-1-1. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Jeremy Lin: Other Knick players stepped up and contributed in the team's four wins (Steve Novak, Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler), but the week belonged to Lin. In his first four career starts, he set a record by scoring 109 points, which is the most by a plyer in his first four starts since the NBA/ABA merger back in 1976. Lin pumped in 28, 23, 38 and 20 points, with 33 assists.â†µ
Deron Williams: About the only good thing that happened to the Nets this week was their point guard being named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Williams scored 25, 34, 14 and 27 points in New Jersey's four games, all in a losing cause, while piling up 24 assists. He surely can use a little help.â†µ
Ryan Callahan: The Rangers' captain led his team to three wins in four games this week. He was aided by Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist, but it was Callahan who put the puck in the back of the net, including three much-needed power-play goals. He notched a hat trick against the Flyers, and scored a total of five goals for the week. He also recorded 14 hits while playing his usual Tasmanian devil style of hockey.â†µ
Mark Streit: Callahan wasn't the only captain to have a good week. Streit scored the overtime game-winner on Saturday in the 2-1 win over the Kings, and he also scored in the 4-2 loss to the Canadiens. The defenseman threw in nine blocked shots and 10 hits in the four games this week, as well.â†µ
Martin Brodeur: The Devils' goalie shut out the rival Rangers, making 30 saves, in the 1-0 victory on Tuesday. In the 3-1 loss to the Panthers on Saturday, he only allowed two goals, with 17 saves. Brodeur's hitting his stride as the season marches on.