Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has been named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, honoring the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Thomas, who recorded a shutout with 37 saves in the Bruins' 4-0 win over the Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, finished with 798 saves on 849 shots in 25 games this postseason.
In seven games in the Cup Final, Thomas had 238 saves on 246 shots, allowing only eight goals. Thomas was consistent all throughout the series, never giving up more than three goals in any game this series.
Thomas allowed one goal on 34 shots in Game 1 of the series - a 1-0 win for Vancouver. In Game 2, Thomas surrendered three goals on 33 shots, resulting in a 3-2 victory for the Canucks and an 0-2 series deficit for Boston.
In Game 3, Thomas was nearly flawless, turning away 40-of-41 shots he face in the Bruins' 8-1 statement win at TD Garden. Thomas was even better in Game 4, recording his first career Cup Final shutout with 38 saves.
The Bruins fell in Game 5, but through no fault of Thomas, who allowed one goal on 25 shots. But in Game 6, Thomas put forth another dominant effort, re-routing 36 of 38 shots en route to the Bruins' 5-2 win that forced Game 7. In the first three rounds of the playoffs, Thomas had 560 saves.