Pittsburgh Penguins Win the Stanley Cup (Videos)

Sidney Crosby Stanley Cup

It’s been seven long years, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have once again reached the promise land, beating the San Jose Sharks in six games to earn the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup.

The Penguins entered the playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division and they cruised through the New York Rangers in the first round, needing just five games to dispose of them.  They followed that up with a six-game victory over the Washington Capitals in the second round, and a seven-game victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.

There were several key contributors to the Penguins’ postseason success.  Among them was their rookie goaltender Matt Murray, as well as offseason acquisition Phil Kessel, who led the team with 10 goals and 22 points in the postseason.

And then there was Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who wasn’t even named to the NHL All-Star Game back in January, but a strong second half earned him a spot in the final three for Hart Trophy honors as the regular season MVP.  And he followed that up by earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Here’s a look at the goal that won the Penguins the 2016 Stanley Cup:

Here’s a look at the final seconds before the celebration began for the Pens:

And here’s a look at Crosby raising the Cup for the second time in his career:

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