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Win or lose, is it time to put Martin Brodeur in the Conn Smythe race?

Los Angeles Kings v New Jersey Devils - Game Five

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09: Colin Fraser #24 of the Los Angeles Kings looks up for the puck against Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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By now we know Jonathan Quick is the front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy. He’s been dominant all playoffs long and has the Kings one win away from a Stanley Cup. But what about Martin Brodeur?

Brodeur has been oozing confidence all playoffs long and showed his cool demeanor last night. His teammates sung his praises wildly even going so far as to say he’s the underdog going up against Quick. Is it time to think maybe Brodeur has a shot at winning his first Conn Smythe Trophy whether the Devils comeback to win or not? It’s a good argument.

Overall, Quick has the better numbers through the playoffs but Brodeur is lurking in the weeds. He’s got a 2.00 goals against average and a .922 save percentage and, as his teammates have made sure to note, he’s the reason why there’s a Game 6 tomorrow night.

If the Kings wrap things up on Monday, the award is almost definitely going to Quick. But if it goes seven games and say Brodeur stands on his head in Game 6 to make it happen? All bets are off. We’ve seen losing goaltenders take home the Conn Smythe before. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stole it from Brodeur in 2003 and Ron Hextall got in 1987 for helping take the scoring machine Edmonton Oilers to seven games in the finals.

What do you think? Will Brodeur steal it from Quick?