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Penguins defeat Sharks to win Stanley Cup

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The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to win the Stanley Cup. The Sharks tied the game midway through the second period, but Kris Letang scored 1:19 later to power the Penguins to their fourth Cup championship, exactly seven years to the day when they last won the trophy in 2009.

Home Team in Caps

Pittsburgh 3, SAN JOSE 1 - PIT wins 4-2

* The Penguins became the ninth team in NHL history to win the Cup four or more times (also 1991, 1992 and 2009):

Stanley Cup Standings, All-Time

24 - Montreal Canadiens^
14 - Toronto Maple Leafs^
11 - Detroit Red Wings
6 - Boston Bruins
6 - Chicago Blackhawks
5 - Edmonton Oilers
4 - New York Islanders
4 - New York Rangers
4 - Pittsburgh Penguins

^ The Canadiens and Maple Leafs each won the Cup prior to the formation of the NHL in 1917-18

* The Penguins also became the second team to win the Cup four times since 1991, when they first won the trophy. The other also with four Stanley Cup victories: the Red Wings (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008).

* The Penguins improved to 4-0 with the chance to win the Stanley Cup on the road. They won three of their four visits to SAP Center this season (including the regular season) after going winless in their 12 prior trips since Jan. 15, 1999 (0-9-3).

* The Penguins became the sixth team in the past nine years to win the Stanley Cup on the road and the first to do so since the 2013 Blackhawks.

* Letang factored on all four of Pittsburgh's game-winning goals during the series, picking up assists on the three prior such goals. He became the fourth player in NHL history to factor on all four of his team's game-winning goals during the Stanley Cup Final, joining Milt Schmidt (w/ BOS in 1941), Jean Beliveau (w/ MTL in 1965) and Wayne Gretzky (w/ EDM in 1987).

* Letang became the third straight defenseman to score the Stanley Cup-clinching goal. Duncan Keith did so for the Blackhawks in 2015, Alec Martinez did so for the Kings (in 2OT) in 2014.


Sidney Crosby, who had two assists in Game 6 and finished the Stanley Cup Playoffs with six goals and 19 points, won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to "the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs.: The winner was selected in a vote by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm6: Crosby receives Conn Smythe Trophy

* Crosby became the 10th player in NHL history - and third Penguin - to win the Hart Memorial Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy:

Winners of Hart Memorial and Conn Smythe Trophies, NHL History

Jean Beliveau
Sidney Crosby
Wayne Gretzky
Guy Lafleur
Mario Lemieux
Evgeni Malkin
Mark Messier
Bobby Orr
Joe Sakic
Bryan Trottier


Matt Murray (18 saves) earned his 15th win of the postseason, tying an NHL rookie record in one playoff year:

Most Wins in One Playoff, NHL Rookie Goaltenders

15 - Patrick Roy (w/ MTL in 1986)^
15 - Ron Hextall (w/ PHI in 1987)
15 - Cam Ward (w/ CAR in 2006)^
15 - Matt Murray (w/ PIT in 2016)^
^ Won Stanley Cup

* Murray improved to 6-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .936 save percentage following a loss this postseason.


Chris Kunitz became the ninth active player to win the Cup three times, also doing so with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and Penguins in 2009.

Active NHL Players with Three Stanley Cup Championships

Niklas Hjalmarsson (2010, 2013 and 2015 w/ CHI)
Marian Hossa (2010, 2013 and 2015 w/ CHI)
Patrick Kane (2010, 2013 and 2015 w/ CHI)
Duncan Keith (2010, 2013 and 2015 w/ CHI)
Chris Kunitz (2007 w/ ANA, 2009 w/ PIT, 2016 w/ PIT)
Brent Seabrook (2010, 2013 and 2015 w/ CHI)
Patrick Sharp (2010, 2013 and 2015 w/ CHI)
Jonathan Toews (2010, 2013 and 2015 w/ CHI)
Justin Williams (2006 w/ CAR, 2012 w/ LAK and 2014 w/ LAK)

* Four other members of the Penguins were part of the team's 2009 championship: Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin.

* Penguins forward Matt Cullen also won the Cup for the second time, adding to his victory with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm6: Pens take Stanley Cup photo


Mike Sullivan, who replaced Mike Johnston as Penguins coach on Dec. 12, became the sixth coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after taking over midseason.

Sullivan (33-16-5 during the regular season, 16-8 in the playoffs) became the second Pittsburgh coach to achieve the feat. Dan Bylsma did it in 2008-09 (18-3-4 during the regular season, 16-8 in the playoffs).

Stanley Cup-Winning Head Coaches Hired Midseason, NHL History

1931-32: Dick Irvin (TOR), replaced Art Duncan
1970-71: ^Al MacNeil (MTL), replaced Claude Ruel
1999-00: Larry Robinson (NJD), replaced Robbie Ftorek
2008-09: ^Dan Bylsma (PIT), replaced Michel Therrien
2011-12: Darryl Sutter (LAK), replaced Terry Murray and (interim) John Stevens
2015-16: Mike Sullivan (PIT), replaced Mike Johnston
^ Rookie NHL coach


Jim Rutherford, who also won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006, became the third general manager to win it with multiple teams and the first to do so during the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68).

The others: Tommy Gorman, who did so with the Senators (1920, 1921 and 1923), Blackhawks (1934), Montreal Maroons (1935) and Canadiens (1944 and 1946), and Lester Patrick, who did so with the Victoria Cougars of the WCHL (1925) and Rangers (1928, 1933 and 1940).


Logan Couture scored San Jose's lone goal to become the fifth player since 1995 to reach the 30-point milestone within a single postseason (10-20-30):

Most Points in One Playoff Year, Since 1995

36 - Evgeni Malkin (w/ PIT in 2009)
34 - Joe Sakic (w/ COL in 1996)
31 - Sidney Crosby (w/ PIT in 2009)
30 - Daniel Briere (w/ PHI in 2010)
30 - Logan Couture (w/ SJS in 2016)

* Couture had 13 of his 30 points in five series-clinching/elimination games (4-9-13).

* Couture set a Sharks record for points in one playoff year, shattering the previous mark established by Igor Larionov in 1994 (5-13-18).


Brent Burns (0-1-1) had seven goals and 24 points during the postseason; only five defenseman have had more points in one playoff year:

Most Points by a Defenseman in One Playoff Year, NHL History

37 - Paul Coffey (w/ EDM in 1985)
34 - Brian Leetch (w/ NYR in 1994)
31 - Al MacInnis (w/ CGY in 1989)
25 - Denis Potvin (w/ NYI in 1981)
25 - Ray Bourque (w/ BOS in 1991)
24 - Bobby Orr (w/ BOS in 1972)
24 - Brent Burns (w/ SJS in 2016)

The Penguins and Sharks were tied or within one goal for 89 percent of total playing time during the Stanley Cup Final (333:54 of 374:53), continuing a recent trend in the championship series:

* In 2015, the Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning were tied or within one goal for 99 percent of total playing time.

* In 2014, the Kings and New York Rangers were tied or within one goal for 85 percent of total playing time.

* In 2013, the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins were tied or within one goal for 87 percent of total playing time.


Teams with 3-1 series leads in the Stanley Cup Final improved to 32-1 all-time since the round went to the best-of-seven format in 1939 . . . Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (24 saves) finished the Stanley Cup Final with a 2.27 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. He stopped 68 of 72 shots over the final two games . . . Seven of Pittsburgh's eight U.S.-born players who appeared in the Stanley Cup Final scored at least one goal . . . "The HBK Line" - Pittsburgh's trio of Carl Hagelin (6-10-16), Nick Bonino (4-14-18) and Phil Kessel (10-12-22) - combined for 56 points during the playoffs . . . ICYMI: Pat Monahan, the lead singer of Train, performed the U.S. national anthem prior to Game 6 at SAP Center . . . The NHL aired a tribute video in honor of hockey legend Gordie Howe, who died Friday at age 88. The Sharks and Penguins also wore No. 9 decals during pregame warmup.

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