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Ryan O’Reilly wins Conn Smythe Trophy after incredible postseason run with Blues

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Last season he was going through the motions and admittedly lost his love for the sport with the Buffalo Sabres. This year, things are completely different.

Following the St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins to capture the Stanley Cup in Game 7, veteran forward Ryan O’Reilly was rewarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the 2019 Playoffs.

It was tough to put in words how he felt, but O’Reilly has overcome a lot (including legal issues) to get to this point in his career and he couldn’t be happier.

“It’s tough to describe…Most of these guys on here I pretended I was as a kid, and now to be on there with them, it’s an incredible feeling.” said O’Reilly.

The 28-year old, who was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2018, had made the post-season just the third time in his 10th NHL season, and advanced past the first round for the first time in his career in 2019.

Through 26 games, O’Reilly compiled eight goals, 15 assists and a plus-2 rating. He was at his best in the Stanley Cup Final, scoring five goals in the last four games to lead the Blues to their first-ever Cup.

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John Tortorella has procedure to remove skin cancer from forehead

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The Columbus Blue Jackets can breathe a sigh of relief, their head coach is going to be just fine.

The team announced that John Tortorella underwent a successful procedure earlier this week to remove a form of skin cancer known as basal cell from his forehead.

Apparently the condition was considered to not be serious, and he had been holding off from getting it removed for a bit. Per American Cancer Society, it is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States that affects millions on an annual basis. It usually grows on sun exposed areas of the head and neck.

He met with media in great spirits, sporting a surigical cut on his forehead prior to Wednesday’s game vs the Dallas Stars. They ended up winning the contest 3-2 to improve to 3-3-0 on the season.

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Lightning star Nikita Kucherov no longer concerned about individual accolades, focused on winning Stanley Cup

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Last postseason’s embarrassing sweep in the first round has changed Nikita Kucherov’s mentality in the best way possible.

Instead of looking back at his individual success, the Tampa Bay Lightning star admits he is playing this season with a different mental approach. The only thing that truly matters is winning the Stanley Cup.

“I don’t care about the personal stuff, I mean you do care because you want to play well. But at the end of the day, you want to remember the fun part and winning the Cup and having your name on it.” said Kucherov earlier this week.

The 26-year old, who won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award as league MVP after recording 128 points in 2018/19, posted two goals and two assists in the team’s 7-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

He has three goals, three assists and a plus-2 rating in four games so far this season.

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Blackhawks ink forward Alex DeBrincat to three-year extension

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Alex DeBrincat just got a lot wealthier.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have signed young winger Alex DeBrincat to a three-year, $19.2 million contract extension.

The deal will pay him an average annual value of $6.4 million through the 2022/2023 season. He is currently in the final year of his entry-level contract that pays him slightly under $895,000 in 2019/2020.

The 21-year old, who was selected 39th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, is coming off a career-best season where he posted 41 goals and 35 assists in 82 games. He became the first Blackhawks player since Jeremy Roenick in 1990/1991 to score 40+ goals before the age of 21.

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