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The playoff MVP debate starts now

Updated: May 10, 2007, 2:43 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

When Cam Ward was announced as the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy a season ago, a noted Canadian hockey writer exploded in the press room, suggesting voters had made a mistake -- Edmonton defenseman Chris Pronger was a more worthy recipient.

The writer happened to be wrong, but the debate illustrates the competing thought processes in selecting the playoff MVP.

Often a player's performances later in the playoffs resonate more with voters; and given that the games become increasingly ...

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