Andrei Vasilevskiy Wins Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JULY 07: Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning hoists the Stanley Cup after the 1-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Five to win the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on July 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

What Vezina Trophy?

I think if you were to ask Andrei Vasilevskiy which trophy he would prefer, I'm sure he'd take the Conn Smythe every time.

And after The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Stanley Cup with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens, Vasilevskiy, who shut out his fifth straight opponent in a series-clinching game (going back to 2020's 2-0 Stanley Cup clincher over the Dallas Stars), was awarded the 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the NHL Playoffs.

Throughout the playoffs, a few other Lightning players such as Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov garnered support for the trophy, but in the end, it was all Vasilevskiy.

In awarding the trophy to Vasy, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman noted that Vasy and Montreal great Ken Dryden are the only two goalies to appear in every playoff game in back-to-back Stanley-Cup-winning seasons. Pretty good company.

And so is the title back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions.

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