VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Tim Thomas grabbed the Conn Smythe Trophy and took it for a long skate. The Boston Bruins’ goalie, maligned for his wandering ways and demoted last year as he struggled with a hip injury, was named the most valuable player of the NHL postseason Wednesday night with a spectacular run to his first Stanley Cup title.

“It still hasn’t kicked in, if I’m completely honest,” he said after shutting out the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to win Game 7 of the NHL finals. “I can’t believe it’s over. We’ve had our battle meter up so high for so long, it feels like we’re moving on to the next series or something.”

Thomas held the Canucks to eight goals in seven games, posting his second shutout of the series and his fourth of the playoffs in the finale. Thomas, who set a record for total saves in the postseason, also shut out the Canucks in Game 4 while winning all three finals games in Boston.

“Their goaltender was real tough to beat,” Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault said. “The way they played in front of him was real tough to beat. We had some grade A chances and we weren’t able to score.”

Thomas is expected to win the Vezina Trophy next week after setting a modern record with a .938 saves percentage in the regular season.