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Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford have been nearly flawless in goal. Nobody has stopped Marian Hossa or David Krejci from scoring at will or at least assisting their respective teams in the scoring column. The physical force which is Bryan Bickell netted two game winners and is proving to be the unsung hero of this year's playoffs. Which players are the best of the best in the 2013 Stanley Cup finals matchup between the Blackhawks and Bruins? Click on the player images below to set your rankings!

2013 Stanley Cup finals players

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Bruins C

Bryan Bickell

Bryan Bickell

Blackhawks LW

Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Bruins D

Corey Crawford

Corey Crawford

Blackhawks G

Nathan Horton

Nathan Horton

Bruins RW

Marian Hossa

Marian Hossa

Blackhawks RW

Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane

Blackhawks RW

Duncan Keith

Duncan Keith

Blackhawks D

David Krejci

David Krejci

Bruins C

Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic

Bruins LW

Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Bruins LW

Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask

Bruins G

Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp

Blackhawks C

Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews

Blackhawks C

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Earlier this week, Tony Kornheiser joked on "PTI" that Sidney Crosby ought to pull up to Alex Ovechkin's house and honk away until his rival came out to admire the Stanley Cup. The only problem is Ovechkin could now answer the door with his arms full of Hart Trophies.

A week after the Penguins stunned the Red Wings in Detroit, NHL luminaries gathered in Las Vegas (Las Vegas?) to hand out the season's other hardware. Winners included Columbus goalie Steve Mason as top rookie, Boston's Zdeno Chara as biggest human on skates (and best defenseman) and fellow Beantown resident Tim Thomas as top goalie.

They also included Ovechkin, who became the first player since Dominik Hasek more than a decade ago to win the Hart Trophy in back-to-back years as the league's MVP. And in SportsNation's eyes, winning the top individual honor twice by the age of 23 is more impressive than captaining the Stanley Cup champions at 21.

skas412

Malkin is the best player in the game today when you take everything into consideration (Crosby 2nd, Ovechkin 3rd). Ovechkin is the best offensive player in the NHL and I love how he hits and plays physical, but he can't play a stitch of defense. Crosby is a great player and can play all around, but his defense is just solid at best and his finishing skills need work. Malkin needs work on his finishing as well, but is ahead of Sid in that regard and he has really stepped up his defensive efforts over the past 2 years - especially the past 4 months.

-- skas412
vweaver69

If it were an award for point scoring- there wouldn't be voting. If it were an award for not turning it over- there wouldn't be voting. If it were an award for shooting percentage, shots taken, or assists- there wouldn't be voting. It is a SUBJECTIVE award based on perceived value to a players own team. In theory, a player could win the award without scoring a single goal- so don't throw individual stats out to compare.

-- vweaver69

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