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CLUTCH FACTOR: Colorado's 1-2 punch

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What was a close race turned into a runaway. Trailing countryman only three weeks ago, turned in a stunning 15-point victory in the final Clutch Factor rankings. Forsberg helped teammate to a season-high second place as Hejduk became the only player in the league to score 50 goals. He also scored in overtime against the Ducks last Friday, keeping the alive to claim their ninth consecutive division title. That's our definition of clutch. One to watch for next season: of the jumped into the top 10 for the first time with a flourish, leaping to fifth thanks to a 16-point surge in his final seven games.
    Only the top 25 scorers in the NHL are eligible (ties for 25th were broken by number of goals) This formula ranks players by total points (categories kept by STATS Inc.) in:
  • Third period: The game is often in the balance.
  • Overtime: Goes without saying, a goal means a win.
  • Scoring when tied: One-goal lead in today's NHL is huge.
  • Last five minutes of a period: The ice is bad, players are tired.
  • Road games: Who can quiet the crowd.
  • If players have the same number of points in one area, they are ranked by goals within that category. First place earns 25 points, second 24 and so on.
Clutch factor: The Top 10
Overall rank Last week Player 3rd period points OT points Points when game is tied Points in Last 5 minutes Road points TOTAL score
1. 1. 18 23 23 25 25 114
Comment: It will be a travesty if he doesn't take the Hart, the numbers don't lie.
2. 6. 11 21 19 24 24 99
Comment: Need proof of his value? Check out overtime vs. the Ducks on Friday.
3. 2. 24 4.5 21 22 23 94.5
Comment: Look at it this way, it can't get any worse than it got Sunday.
4. 3. 16 12.5 24 7 22 81.5
Comment: are at least in a better playoff position ... no Detroit in first round.
5. 13. 19 7.5 13.5 20 21 81
Comment: Surged along with the at the end of the season.
6. 4. 17 7.5 20 16 20 80.5
Comment: have a shot against , but Joe will have to keep on beating Brodeur (three goals in four games).
7. 11. 22 18 22 5.5 9 76.5
Comment: Helped the play the spoiler role to perfection.
8. 5. 14 16 9 21 11 71
Comment: Injury curtailed late-season surge.
9. 14. 23 12.5 8 10 17 70.5
Comment: Somebody from the first-place Sens was bound to finish in the top 10.
10. 8. 9 12.5 17 11.5 19 69
Comment: It will be tough to see him go.
And the rest (point total and last week's ranking in parentheses)... 11. (68.5, Last Week: 9); 12. (66, LW: 12); 13. (64, LW: 10); 14. (64, LW: 7); 15. (61.5, LW: 15); 16. (57.5, LW: 20); 17. (55.5, LW: 16); 18. (54, LW: 19); 19. (52.5, LW: 17); 20. (50.5, LW: 22); 21. (46, LW: 18); 22. (46, LW: Not ranked); 23. (64, LW: 10); 24. (33, LW: 24); 25. (26.5, LW: 25). Dropped out: (LW: 21). Michael Lazarus can be reached at his e-mail address, mlazarus@foxsports.com.
Tagged: Bruins, Red Wings, Kings, Rangers, Senators, Avalanche, Blues, Lightning, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Capitals, Ducks, Jets, Blue Jackets, Joe Thornton, Sergei Fedorov, Brett Hull, Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Hejduk, Vincent Lecavalier, Alexander Mogilny, Mats Sundin, Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison, Jaromir Jagr, Paul Kariya, Ray Whitney, Peter Forsberg, Dany Heatley, Brad Richards

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