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Patrick Kane claims the Conn Smythe

Jun 24, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

Patrick Kane didn’t collect a point in the Chicago Blackhawks’ Game 6 stunner, but his hot finish to this postseason earned him his second major individual trophy: the 2013 Conn Smythe.*

Kane scored 19 points, topping all Blackhawks scorers and tying Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton for second overall in the playoffs. (David Krejci amazingly finished atop the postseason with 26, doing so for the second time in three postseasons.)

The 24-year-old distinguished himself among a handful of good Blackhawks candidates, although he thinks that Corey Crawford might have deserved it.

Kane is the third consecutive American player to claim the Conn Smythe, following Jonathan Quick in 2012 and Tim Thomas in 2011.

Perhaps most importantly, he rocked a ridiculous mullet and facial hair (via Getty).

source: Getty Images

* – He won the Calder Trophy in 2008.

  1. princeton155 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Congrats Kaner!

    • tuberippin - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      Commence the week-long bender.

    • florida727 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      I’m still waiting to see another post from the clown that 3 weeks ago said that Kane was, and would never be anything more than, a “role player”. Brilliant post that was.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I don’t agree with that. If anyone from the Hawks should have won, it should have been Crawford. Set a franchise record for goals against avg. and still did not win.

    Congrats though to the Hawks!

    • polegojim - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Amen to that… but I won’t rain on the parade a this point.

      Congrats

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      Crawford didn’t deserve it. He was probably the team’s 3rd or 4th most important/best player. His GAA and SV% doesn’t show the fact that he faced limited pressure because of the way his team played in front of him. He was rarely making saves that were extremely difficult and often had a clear sight of most of them. Making that many easy saves with HUGE pads isn’t that impressive. He was pretty shaky at points when his team couldn’t back him up, but when they played with the puck and he faced 30 shots or less with little traffic he looked good. Again, GAA and SV% don’t tell the whole story and Kane was a much more worthy recipient. Personally, I would’ve gone with Duncan Keith but Kane is still a good choice.

      • desertfan - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:36 AM

        I would have gone with SEABROOK!!!!!

    • joebone - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Even Kaner said Craw was snubbed.

  3. bucrightoff - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Probably should have been Crawford.

  4. FoozieGrooler - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    ..and afterwards, all the Boston fans could do was hang around and boo loudly.

    Stay Classy Boston.

    • einjzmolf - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      You must be a Kings fan with that level of cluelessness

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      That didn’t happen. I was there and Bruins fans gave full respect to the Blackhawks and their fans. They cheered loud and proud for the Bruins and hung around to see the Stanley Cup. That’s it. The only one being booed was Bettman.

    • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:38 AM

      boston baked boobs

    • timmeh022 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      They were booing Bettman, not the Hawks.

  5. jessejames182 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    They were booing Bettman, which is perfectly acceptable if not encouraged.

    • mpg44 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Required actually!

    • esracerx46 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Only a non hockey fan would totally miss that. I thought the Bruins fans were classy the whole series. After the game was over I heard a “lets go Bruins” chant. Fans trying to pick up a team. That was awesome.

      • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:37 AM

        Philly fans were MUCH classier in 2010
        Boston is a dirtbag city ith a dirtbag hockey team
        HAWKS WIN
        eat it east coast bias

      • esracerx46 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        Are you kidding?! Philly fans are the worst. I know people that went to game 6 in Philly with their kids. Fans were “accidentally” spilling beer on them because of the jersey’s they were wearing.

      • florida727 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Philly fans booed Santa Claus. How in the heck can they ever be considered “classy”? Doesn’t even surprise me that those idiots think that Santa’s not even real.

  6. dt58 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Thought it would be Crawford but congrats Kane

    • desertfan - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:38 AM

      Seabrook!!!!

  7. sjsharks66 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Booing Bettman is a tradition man! Come on! Haha

  8. therealdeal18 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    #BOSTONnotSTRONGenough

    • 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Only a Pens fan. Truly, the class of the League. Go drown in a gutter somewhere.

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    That’s what he said , that Crawford should’ve won it , I’m still in shock

    • dadawg77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      from the award or the ending?

  10. jhuck92 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    And to think, only last summer, some people wanted him out of Chicago. That stint in HC Biel during the lockout really matured him and led to this well-deserved Conn Smythe. Captain Serious & Captain Clutch got the job done.

    • ray2013 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Just think, this time last year Kane was getting heat for choking a woman during a drunken Cinco de Mayo weekend and making public anti-Semitic comments (at least according to deadspin).

      It just goes to show that talent trumps character. Congrats Kane on your Conn Smythe.

      • ray2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:24 AM

        16 thumbs down? There was talk on this very website that the Hawks should consider trading Kane because his actions were a black mark on the franchise. Do we forget what happened simply because he played well during the playoffs?

      • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:34 AM

        Kane has grown up and DESTROYED Boston in the process

  11. burgh916 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Congrats to Kane…
    However how do you go from a guy 3 games ago that everyone is riding for not scoring enough, to a conn smythe winner? Crawford was solid all postseason at least, it should go to consistency, just not what is in the moment.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      I thought that 5 goal game on 20 shots ruined it for Crawford… But that was only if Kane could put up 2 points tonight. And that was before the game Crawford had tonight. Maybe they wanted to give it to an American 3 years in a row… Or maybe not give it to a goaltender 3 years in a row. Moderately surprised, but not shocked.

      • burgh916 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        Very true, one would have to most definitely think. Even though he gave up 5 goals though, how many times did it happen all playoffs? They also won that game but, who knows? I feel like the NHL just gives out trophies like its candy anymore, they’ve gone the ways of the #trend where they don’t even consider a length of time, but rather give a reward to some recent play (In Kane’s case.) Even Kane said he snubbed Crawford haha, but all in all I’m sure they both could care less because they got the only trophy that matters in the end!

  12. 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Meanwhile, Corey Crawford’s phone is exploding with calls from Steve Yzerman. “Hey, so, wanna wear another red jersey next year? There’s this tournament coming up…”

  13. jpat2424 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Great game!! Handshake to all the Boston fans.

  14. joeyg88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Kane deserved it. Rumor was he had a drug/alc problem for a little while. So when lockout came he took his mom with him to Switzerland to pretty much force him to stay clean and out of trouble. This guy worked hard and came through again when needed all year long. Crawford hats off to him but Kane played amazing all year.

  15. mikemj - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I’m a Hawks fan but I thought Rask should have won the Con Smythe trophy. He was BY FAR the best player in this series. He let in one goal that should have been stopped the entire series (Toews goal tonight) while Crawford let in several. Crawford was great at times but not consistently. Look at where the goals came from throughout the series. The Hawks scored mostly from up close, 3, 5, 10 feet while Boston scored a lot of goals from 20 feet or farther.
    Just goes to show it was a true team effort for Chicago to win the cup.

    • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:32 AM

      U are an idiot
      HAWKS WIN!!!

  16. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    We love u kid! Way to grow up and be the player u can be!
    Eat it east coast bias!

  17. travishenryskid - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Just because its the dead puck era, it doesn’t mean that the Conn Smythe should go to the goalie every year. Of course the goalie of the winning team is going to have good stats, that’s the way the league is set up right now. Crawford almost blew it with his give away on the Lucic goal and that 5 goal stinker. They got it right.

  18. billysabre - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    3 Conn Smythe’s in a row. #usahockey

  19. taintedlombardis - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Kid is a punk. Wish him the worst.

  20. buffalomafia - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Salute to the hometown kid!!!

  21. mfinneran - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Not deserved at all!

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