The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6. They got goals from Brian Dumoulin, Kris Letang and Patric Hornqist to secure their first Stanley Cup championship since 2009. Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, scoring 19 points in 24 games. Goalie Matt Murray became the first rookie goalie to win the Stanley Cup since Cam Ward in 2006.
The Penguins got off to an excellent start with a power play goal. Brian Dumoulin drew a tripping penalty on on Dainius Zubrus, and then converted on the power play. With the second unit on the ice, he snapped off a shot from the point to the right of Jones and beat the goalie cleanly. Pittsburgh had the first goal for the fifth time in six games this series.
Dumoulin puts the Penguins up early pic.twitter.com/12SYNWsBHK— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 13, 2016
As was routine for this series, the Penguins controlled play for most of the rest of the period. However, Martin Jones again made a series of great saves and eventually it led to a game-tying goal for the Sharks. This time it was Logan Couture netting his tenth goal of the playoffs. He skated down the left wing and faked a cut to the middle, but then shot it between the legs of Justin Schultz; the shot knuckled and trickled through Matt Murray’s five-hole.
Couture ties it up for the Sharks pic.twitter.com/BbdVBjaGFR— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 13, 2016
The lead lasted for less than two minutes before Kris Letang netted the eventual series winner. He made a beautiful play to create separation behind the net and slid the puck into the middle. Crosby grabbed the loose puck and skated around behind, before returning the puck to Letang in the low slot. He one-timed it past Martin Jones at the near post.
Letang quickly regains the lead for Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/at9HLAaDAI— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 13, 2016
The Sharks tried valiently to level the score, but the speed of the Penguins was too much up and down the ice. Martin Jones was incredible for long stretches, particularly as the game opened up in the third period. The Sharks generated some pressure, but it was inconsistent. The Penguins’ aggressive play in their defensive zone and their transition game was too much for the Sharks to handle. They ended up netting an extra net goal with 1:02 left via Patric Hornqvist. That was the final goal of the series.
The win gives the Penguins their second Stanley Cup of the Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin era. Upon receiving the Cup for the second time in his career, Crosby handed it off to Trevor Daley and then Pascal Dupuis, both of whom missed the Final due to injury.