Patrick Kane Wins 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy

Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 24, 2013

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with the Stanley CUp after they won 3-2 against the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Following a scintillating Stanley Cup Final matchup and even more thrilling Game 7, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy on Monday night. 

NHL on TSN has the news:

The Blackhawks tweeted pictures of Kane with his award following the game.

The Conn Smythe Trophy, of course, is the annual award given to the MVP of the playoffs, and unlike the other major sports, it takes into account the entire postseason and not just the final series or game. 

In 23 postseason games, the 24-year-old tallied a spectacular 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) and a plus/minus of plus-seven, but it was his work in the two most important series that likely put him over the top for the voters.

Against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final, Kane scored four goals, including an absolutely marvelous hat trick in the deciding Game 5 that saw him net the game-winner in double overtime.

In the Stanley Cup Final, he once again came up big when it mattered most.

With his Blackhawks down two games to one, Kane scored a goal, dished out an assist on Brent Seabrook's game-winner and was plus-two during Chicago's thrilling 6-5 overtime win in Game 4. During the next game, he scored two goals as the Blackhawks raced out to a crucial victory. 

Kane may have not scored in the deciding Game 6, which saw the Blackhawks mount an instant-classic comeback in the last minute of the third period, but he was plus-one and made a very solid impact. 

New Jersey Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti notes that this continues the string of Americans to capture the award:

There was no clear-cut choice for the winner. Other players may have been more consistent throughout the entire playoffs, but there was little question Kane was Chicago's best player over the final two weeks. 

Nevertheless, it's a debate that means very little as far as the Blackhawks are concerned, for they are merely ecstatic about being crowned champions of the NHL for the second time in four seasons.