Alex Ovechkin Wins Conn Smythe Trophy As Playoff MVP


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After winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, one member of the Capitals would inevitably skate away with the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. And after playing his tail off all season and postseason long, captain Alex Ovechkin rightfully came away with the trophy.

Ovechkin led all skaters in playoff goals this spring with 15, also a franchise record. Ovechkin rebounded from a 33-goal campaign in 2016-17 with a 49-goal performance during the 2017-18 season, leading the Capitals in their run to their first championship. Ovechkin finished the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points and his endless joy when his teammates scored.

 

While it took awhile, Alexander Ovechkin FINALLY has a Stanley Cup championship, and a playoff Most Valuable Player to boot. The Conn Smythe winner is voted on by a panel of writers from the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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