Conn Smythe Trophy 2021: Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy Wins Playoff MVP

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One year after Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, his teammate and netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy nabbed the award as the Bolts successfully defended their title with a 1-0 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. 

It’s the fifth straight series-clinching shutout for the goalie, who allowed just 44 goals in 23 playoff games (1.93 goals against average). 

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Absolutely amazing <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#StanleyCup</a> Playoffs performance from 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Andrei Vasilevskiy! ⚡ <a href=”https://t.co/rElGzlSVcu”>pic.twitter.com/rElGzlSVcu</a>

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Vasilevskiy is also just the third goalie all-time with 2 shutouts in Stanley Cup Final clinchers, joining Clint Benedict (1923, 1926) and Bernie Parent (1974, 1975).

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THIS IS AMAZING 🚨<br><br>Watch the Lightning win their second straight title<br><br>(via <a href=”https://twitter.com/NHLonNBCSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@NHLonNBCSports</a>)<a href=”https://t.co/4RJUpgVlNf”>pic.twitter.com/4RJUpgVlNf</a>

Vasilevskiy becomes the first goaltender to win the award since Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick in 2012 and just the 17th goaltender to claim the Conn Smythe in NHL history. 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. 

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