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The Conn Smythe trophy is awarded to the MVP of the postseason. It is given out simultaneously with the Stanley Cup.
There remain only a few candidates for this award.
Tim Thomas remains the front-runner in most people's opinions, however, a loss tonight will hurt his chances.
Ryan Kessler has dominated in the other three series, but he has not put up the same numbers in the final, though he should get some consideration.
In my opinion, Thomas has the Conn Smythe locked up, no matter the result of tonight's game; but stranger things have happened.
In fact, I think if Boston wins tonight, Zdeno Chara should give the Cup straight to Thomas (like Joe Sakic did to Ray Bourque for the Avalanche) because he is by far the best player on the Bruins and arguably the only reason they have gotten to this point.