Conn Smythe Trophy 2024: Sergei Bobrovsky of the Panthers loses against Oilers’ Connor McDavid

Conn Smythe Trophy 2024: Sergei Bobrovsky of the Panthers loses against Oilers' Connor McDavid

A member of the losing team has won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the first time since 2003.
Oilers star Conor McDavid accepted the award for his exceptional playoff performance after the Florida Panthers defeated the Edmonton Oilers on Monday to win the Stanley Cup.

After 25 postseason games, McDavid ended with 42 points, which included eight goals and 34 assists.
After announcing that McDavid had won the prized award in front of a Panthers crowd, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was showered with jeers from the crowd. In order to accept the prize, McDavid stayed inside the rink.

Given the rarity of a losing team member earning the prize, McDavid’s victory was a little unexpected. Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks was the last champion from a losing team, having done so in 2003.

It’s difficult to dispute that McDavid was the most outstanding player throughout the playoffs, even though Florida supporters were frustrated that he didn’t win the Conn Smythe Trophy over Sergei Bobrovsky or another Panther player.

His 42 postseason points were the fourth most in NHL history, behind only Mario Lemieux (44), and Wayne Gretzky (43, 47).

Social media users’ reactions to McDavid’s Conn Smythe prize were not quite consistent.

Although McDavid’s resume will benefit from winning the Conn Smythe, it’s probable that the star would have preferred to take home the Stanley Cup Trophy. Although the Oilers rallied from a 3-0 hole in a remarkable run of games, they were unable to complete the historic comeback.

Even though McDavid made it to his first Stanley Cup Finals and was dubbed the best player of the postseason, he still wants to return the following year and take home the championship.


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