The Puck Prospectus metric GVT (goals versus threshold) allows us to compare players at every position to determine who the true leaders are. In the first round, our eyes and the numbers match up: Montreal Canadiens G Jaroslav Halak was the top player, backstopping the Habs back from a 3-1 series deficit to upset the Washington Capitals.
Tom Awad of Puck Prospectus follows up with something he's been doing all year -- Player Power Rankings, or PPR -- for the first round of the playoffs. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Jaroslav Halak was No. 1 among all players in the eight matchups.