Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane wins Conn Smythe award
Patrick Kane became the fourth American to win the MVP trophy
The Chicago Blackhawks forward was presented with the Conn Smythe trophy for being the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Though Kane did not factor in the scoring of any of his team's goals in the Cup-clinching game, he was on the ice and played his part for the first and second.
It was in the final two games of the Western Conference Final against the defending champion Los Angeles Kings that he made his most telling contribution - Kane scored four goals. His hat trick in Game 5 put that series to bed.
In the final, he managed one assist in the first three games as Chicago fell into a 2-1 hole.
In a thrilling Game 4 he got a goal and an assist when Chicago took a 6-5 overtime decision to even the series.
A 3-1 victory in Game 5 saw Kane score two goals, including the game-winner.
Kane finished with nine goals and 19 points to his name, second only to Boston Bruins forward David Krejci who finished the postseason with 27 points.
As a reward, he has become the third straight American to win the Conn Smythe, joining Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick (2012) and Boston net-minder Tim Thomas (2011).
New York Rangers' Brian Leetch is the other American to win it, doing so in 1994.
"Someone said it is the fourth American to win the award. I’m blessed. I play with great players all playoffs and wouldn’t have been capable of this without my teammates," said Kane to the Blackhawks official website.
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