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O’Reilly won Conn Smythe handily

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TSN Senior Hockey Reporter


BOSTON - Ryan O’Reilly arrived in St. Louis with no shortage of questions surrounding his bitter departure from Buffalo.

On his first call with Blues GM Doug Armstrong after the Canada Day trade, he said: “Let’s go win a Cup,” O’Reilly recounted Wednesday night.

He went and did one better - not just helping the Blues capture the first Stanley Cup in franchise history - but also bringing home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player. O’Reilly is the first skater in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe in his first season with a new team.

“Looking at the names on this thing, most of the guys on here I pretended I was as a kid,” O’Reilly said. “Now to be on there with them, it’s an incredible feeling. I can’t believe that we hung on and got this thing done.”

Voting showed that O’Reilly won the award handily, receiving 13 of a possible 18 first-place votes from a panel of Professional Hockey Writers’ Association members. Blues’ rookie goalie Jordan Binnington received the other five first-place votes.

O’Reilly edged Binnington by a 78 to 46 margin. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, with a playoff best .934 save percentage, finished third in a losing cause. Blues defensive pillars Alex Pietrangelo and........