Pavel Datsyuk has been mesmerizing.

Johan Franzen has regained his scoring touch and given glimpses of his usual dominant postseason self.

And Nicklas Lidstrom has been, well, Nicklas Lidstrom.

Go down the Red Wings roster, and there have been many MVPs against the Coyotes.

But an argument certainly can be made for Jimmy Howard.

The goaltender has been steady every game, has outplayed counterpart Ilya Bryzgalov, and been a key reason the Red Wings are one victory away from sweeping the series.

"I felt pretty good down the stretch, playing good, but just not getting results," said Howard, who made 28 saves in Monday's 4-2 victory, including several dazzling ones in the first period to thwart the Coyotes. "I felt good and I was looking forward to this time of the season for the last month or so.

"Now that's it's here, I just want to give the guys a chance to win every night."

Most analysts continue to point at Howard as to why the Red Wings may not win the Stanley Cup.

They say Howard's too inexperienced and inconsistent, and allows the occasional soft goal.

But Howard has answered with an impressive three games.