Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was named the recipient of the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given out to the player deemed most valuable throughout the entire NHL playoffs. He went 16-9, came up with four shutouts (two in the Stanley Cup Finals) and just kept coming up with big save after big save throughout the playoffs. Upon receiving the trophy, Thomas was cheered by the Vancouver crowd.
He is just the second American player to win the award. The other American to win the award was Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers in 1994, the year the Vancouver Canucks previously lost the Stanley Cup Championship.
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