Pens Win The Cup
The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off an improbable run to take the Stanley Cup from the San Jose Sharks with their 3-1 win in Game 6. This is the Penguins 4th Stanley Cup victory and their first since 2009.
"In the playoffs, suddenly we thought we could beat any team," forward Evgeni Malkin said. "We tried to play the same game we played in 2009."
A team that fired their head coach Mike Johnston before the mid-way point in the season in favor of Mike Sullivan, the Penguins turned their play around under their new head coach to not only make the playoffs but to become one of the most dangerous teams and eventually the champions.
The Penguins had goals from Brian Dumoulin, Kris Letang, and Patric Hornqvist. Letang had the eventual game winner that he put past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones off of a feed from Sydney Crosby.
Bruins goaltender Matt Murray became the first rookie to win all four games in a Stanley Cup Final since Cam Ward for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
"You dream your whole life for this," said Phil Kessel. "How can you ask for anything better than this? Winning the Cup is what your dream of and what you play for."
Crosby was awarded with the Con Smythe Trophy for his performance in the Finals; adding another accolade to his resume. He is the third non-goalie all-time to not score a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals and be the eventual Con Smythe winner.
"I was just thinking about how hard it was to get to this point, just trying to enjoy every second of it," Crosby said. "It's not easy to get here. Having won seven years ago at a young age, you probably take it for granted a little bit. You don't think you do at the time, but it's not easy to get to this point."
The San Jose Sharks had a goal by Logan Couture in the second period. The team's first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance ends in a loss, but with their experience, the Sharks are sure to be a threat to reach the Finals again in the coming years.
The Penguins now look to be one of the favorites to win next season as well.
"For them to be able to come through this year and win their second Cup is big," Penguins legend Mario Lemieux said. "Hopefully there's a few more for them."