Pittsburgh Penguins claim fourth NHL crown

The Pittsburgh Penguins were crowned Stanley Cup champions for a fourth time on Sunday after a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in game six at the SAP Center.

Brian Dumoulin gave the Penguins the lead 8:16 into the contest on the powerplay with Dainius Zubrus penalised for tripping but the Sharks drew level 6:27 into the second with Logan Couture’s 10th goal and league-leading 30th point of the post-season.

Defenceman Kris Letang scored the game-winner just over a minute later before Patric Hornqvist added an insurance marker with 62 seconds remaining.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who had two assists in the game, was awarded the Conn Smyth Trophy for the most valuable player in the play-offs after scoring six goals and adding 13 helpers for 19 points in 24 games.

“When you look at the group, how many new players we brought in, it was pretty special what we were able to do,” Crosby told NHL.com

“We had a core that played together for a while, there was some trust there. When you look at all the guys we added, the young guys, the guys we added through trades, I think it takes a special group to be able to come together that quickly and build that trust basically along the way.”