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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.
Conn Smythe goes to Alex Ovechkin. Was there ever really a question? pic.twitter.com/6hhk1mA31w
— Katie Brown (@katiebhockey) June 8, 2018
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