(Bettman on the phone)
"Well, no one seemed to stand out as much as in the past so just make Kovalev the MVP so the fans won't riot....."
(pause as the person on other end of the phone is talking)
"....I know St. Louis had the same stats and a higher plus minus...."
(other end again)
".... Yes, Tim Thomas had the highest save percentage among goalies and made some great saves, but we can't have a Bruin win the MVP in Montreal. That would cause a bigger riot than not selecting a Canadian as MVP!"