CHICAGO -- At the end of the night, Duncan Keith was finally able to take a knee.
The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was a unanimous choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after a 2-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on Monday that gave the Blackhawks their third championship in six seasons.
Keith, who scored a goal and played 30:19, got on the ice with his 2-year-old son, Colton, and next to Colton was hockey's most cherished prize, the Stanley Cup. The Conn Smythe Trophy was somewhere else while Keith finally caught his breath and helped Colton hoist the Cup.
He is the ninth defenseman to win the award, and is the first player to win the Conn Smythe and score the Stanley Cup-clinching goal since Henrik Zetterberg did so in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"It feels so great," Keith said. "You want to keep being a part of these things. You don't get these awards without being on great teams with great players, and I'm just proud to be a part of this group of guys who cares so much and do whatever it takes."