Alex Ovechkin wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Capitals claim Stanley Cup

Watch as Alex Ovechkin is named the Conn Smythe winner of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was awarded the 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy as the post-season’s most valuable player Thursday.

Ovechkin’s Capitals took down the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 to earn the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

The 32-year-old led his peers in playoff goals this spring with 15, also setting a franchise record for most goals in a single post-season. He wraps up the playoffs with 27 points in 24 games, second in post-season points to teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov (12 goals, 20 assists, 32 points).

He’s also the first Russian-born player to captain a team to the Stanley Cup, as well as the second Russian player to earn Conn Smythe honours (Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was the first, in 2009).

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