San Jose – The Pittsburgh Penguins proved they were the best team in hockey with a 3-1 victory on Sunday night over the San Jose Sharks to win the 2016 Stanley Cup. It was the fourth in the franchise’s history, dating back to 1967. For Sid Crosby, it was the second Stanley Cup of his career and the first on the far side of a severe concussion during 2011-2012 that left his future in hockey in question.
Crosby also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the 2016 NHL playoff MVP. “There were so many guys that contributed, to be honest,” Crosby said when asked following the game what set him apart. “I look at this as a total team effort. I just tried to work hard every night and do my job, just like everyone else. I don’t know if I did anything different or specific.”
For the Sharks, it was an end to the best season in their 25-year history. The game was 2-1 until the final moments when San Jose pulled goalie Martin Jones for an extra skater. The Sharks dropped the first two games in overtime to the Pens before winning the third, also in overtime. Jones led all keepers with 631 playoff saves, while Logan Couture led all scorers with 30 points.
The Pens won the overall series, 4-2.