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Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Champions 2016

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Team Roster

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Fehr, Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, Phil Kessel, Patric Hornqvist, Carl Hagelin, Conor Sheary, Tom Kuhnhackl, Bryan Rust, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Ian Cole, Ben Lovejoy, Brian Dumoulin, Trevor Daley, Justin Schultz, Olli Maatta, Marc-André Fleury, Matt Murray

Head Coach - Mike Sullivan

Assistant Coach - Rick Tocchet

Assistant Coach - Jacques Martin

Goaltending Coach - Mike Bales

Player Development Coach - Mark Recchi

Vice President / General Manager - Jim Rutherford

Assistant. General Manager - Bill Guerin

Associate General Manager - Jason Botterill

President - David Morehouse

Co-Owner - Ronald Burkle

Co-Owner / Chairman - Mario Lemieux


Captain Sidney Crosby had two assists in the championship-clinching game, including one on Kris Letang's game-winning goal, and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"I wasn't really thinking about '09 that much, I was just thinking about how hard it was to get to this point and just trying to enjoy every second of it," said Crosby.

"It's not easy to get here and 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."

Pittsburgh took the best-of-seven series, 4-2, and won the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup, all of them on the road. 

Crosby tied a record of sorts with the win. Only Sid Abel of Detroit has captained Cup-winning teams for so long between championships. In Abel’s case, he won in 1943 and 1950; for Crosby, he won in 2009 and again this year.

The fact that the Cup clincher came on the road did not dull the party as Penguins players charged off the bench and mobbed rookie goalie Matt Murray while throwing their gloves and sticks into the air in a wild and boyish celebration.

Matt Murray made 18 saves and only faced two shots in the third period. His 15 playoff wins by a rookie equals a Stanley Cup playoffs record.

Murray was a star with the team after having only 13 career regular-season games to his credit before the playoffs. He replaced an injured Marc-Andre Fleury and was so good Sullivan had no choice but to make Fleury the back-up and allow Murray to go all the way. 

Phil Kessel became the first player since Glenn Hall in 1968 to win the Cup after playing with a different NHL team the previous year. 

 

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