Carey Price is playoff MVP front-runner going into Cup Final

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1993, Carey Price is almost certain to take home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Price also stands a good chance at becoming the fifth goaltender and sixth player overall to win it with the runner-up if the Tampa Bay Lightning win back-to-back titles.

To do that, “You pretty well have to stand out,” said Reggie Leach, the only forward on a losing team to win the Conn Smythe.

Leach’s exploits came when the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers were swept by Montreal in the 1976 final. He scored . . .

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