The Washington Times - April 28, 2011, 01:23PM

The Capitals-Lightning second-round series features plenty of characters from goaltender Dwayne Roloson to forward Steve Downie and storylines with the division rivalry and Tampa Bay’s 1-3-1 trap. And then there’s the guy who is the best player in the series – Marty St. Louis.

On Thursday St. Louis was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy for league MVP along with Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin. St. Louis finished second in the league with 99 points (31 goals and 68 assists).


“He’s one of those guys that are very shifty, he kind of goes all over the place,” Caps defenseman Karl Alzner said. “It’s not like he drives wide every single time, or he stops up every single time – he kind of changes things up all the time. Sometimes he’ll go through you, sometimes around and so he’s a tough player to play against.”

What will be tough on the Caps is that St. Louis often plays with sharpshooter Steven Stamkos (45 goals, 46 assists).

“That whole line is going to be criss-crossing all over the place so it’s going to be up to us to stay patient and let them come to us and when they get close try to take them off the puck,” Alzner said.