Los Angeles (AFP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins captured their fourth Stanley Cup title with a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in game six of the NHL championship.
Superstar forward Sidney Crosby on Sunday had two assists and goalie Matt Murray stopped 18 of 19 shots for the Penguins, who beat the Sharks four games to two and have now won all four of their championships on the road.
Crosby was named most valuable player of the finals. The 28-year-old Canadian assisted on a Kris Letang second period goal and Patric Hornqvist’s empty netter with 62 seconds left on the clock in front of a crowd of 17,500 at the SAP Center arena in San Jose. It was Hornqvist’s ninth goal of the postseason.
Brian Dumoulin scored a powerplay goal for the Penguins, who also won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and back to back in 1991 and 1992.
Logan Couture, scored the only goal for the Sharks, who were competing in their first Stanley Cup final in the 25-year franchise history.
The Sharks stole game five from the Penguins thanks to the brilliant goaltender of Martin Jones. The 26-year-old Canadian stopped 24 of 26 shots Sunday as he at least gave San Jose a chance in each game by keeping the scores close.
The Penguins got scoring from all four lines throughout the six game series and their defence earned badges of honour for the way they blocked numerous shots in front of their 22-year-old rookie netminder Murray