Patrick Kane held the Conn Smythe Trophy over his head, and then got a chance to raise the Stanley Cup for the second time.
This time, the Chicago Blackhawks loved the pictures of their super talented forward.
Kane won the Conn Smythe for playoff MVP after he helped Chicago beat the Bruins, 3-2, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night in Boston.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft finished the postseason with nine goals and 10 assists, including a big series against the Bruins that was reminiscent of his performance when the Blackhawks won the title in 2010.
“We can go up and down the line and name off guys and how they contributed to this team and this game,” Kane said. “It’s just a great group, and it’s going to be fun to celebrate with them.”
Kane had a goal and an assist in Chicago’s series-tying victory at Boston on Wednesday night, and then scored twice when the Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-1 on Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
“When he’s playing with the puck, he’s so dynamic and skilled and fun to watch,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said.
It’s quite a change from the end of last season, when Internet photos of Kane partying in Madison, Wis., led to renewed questions about his makeup. He also was arrested in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., in 2009 after an altercation with a cab driver.
General manager Stan Bowman said in May the team had talked to Kane about the pictures, and they handled the situation internally.
But Kane still entered this season with something to prove, and he was one of the NHL’s top players from start to finish, helping the Blackhawks to the league’s best record. He is the third consecutive American to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and just the fourth U.S. player overall.
“It’s much deserved,” said Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, who won the Conn Smythe in 2010. “… We wouldn’t be here without him.”
The Vancouver Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their new coach Tuesday. Tortorella, recently fired by the New York Rangers, coached Tampa Bay from 2000-08, leading the Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004 and winning the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year. … The Minnesota Wild re-signed goalie Niklas Backstrom to a three-year, $10.25 million contract, keeping him from becoming an unrestricted free agent next month. … San Jose Sharks forward Marty Havlat had surgery to repair the injured groin that sidelined him during the playoffs. … Coach Claude Noel signed a one-year contract extension to remain with the Winnipeg Jets. … The Colorado Avalanche hired Andre Tourigny as an assistant to coach Patrick Roy. Former defenseman Adam Foote is rejoining Colorado as a consultant. Also, Craig Billington, vice president of player development and minor league operations, was named assistant general manager. Billington was Roy’s backup goalie from 1996-99.