Retired Penguin Dupuis lifts Stanley Cup in full uniform

Pascal Dupuis was always going to remain a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Forced to end his playing career due to a medical condition relating to blood clots earlier in the season, the veteran forward was present in San Jose as the Penguins came out on top of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Sunday night,

Dupuis, joining his teammates on the ice in full uniform to celebrate, was the third member of the Penguins to hoist the Cup, following captain Sidney Crosby and injured defenseman Trevor Daley.

He was also a key member of Pittsburgh's 2009 championship squad.

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Steelers congratulate Penguins on Stanley Cup victory

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history Sunday night, bringing them within two championships of their neighbors, the Steelers.

Steelers players Arthur Moats, Cameron Heyward, Ryan Shazier, Ben Roethlisberger, and Antonio Brown wished the Penguins a (pre-recorded) congratulations for their big win.

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Phil Kessel raises the Stanley Cup

Phil Kessel, with all the glory.

One of the more polarizing figures in the NHL enjoyed a moment no one can ever take away, hoisting the Stanley Cup chalice Sunday in San Jose after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Sharks in six games.

Kessel was essential to the Penguins' run, leading the team in scoring with 10 goals and 22 points in the tournament.

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Sidney Crosby raises 2nd Stanley Cup of his career

Shortly after earning the Conn Smythe Trophy for Playoff MVP, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career, exactly seven years since his last championship in 2009.

He then passed the Cup off to defenseman Trevor Daley - who was sidelined with a broken ankle suffered during the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Murray ties NHL rookie record for most wins in a playoff year

Patrick Roy, Ron Hextall, Cam Ward, and now, Matt Murray.

After winning the Stanley Cup on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender is into the record books with his 15th victory of the spring, tying the NHL rookie record for wins in a single playoff year.

Yeah, stellar company for a kid who turned 22 on May 25.

Goalie Age Year  SV% GAA Starts Record
Roy* 20 1986 .923 1.92 20 15-5
Hextall 22 1987 .908 2.77 26 15-11
Ward* 21 2006 .920 2.14 23 15-8
Murray* 21 2016 .923 2.08 21 15-6

* Won Stanley Cup

Murray made only 13 starts during the regular season, though he certainly proved himself, posting a .930 save percentage and finishing with a 9-2-1 record.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native was thrust into action in Game 3 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers after third-string Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff started Games 1 and 2 in place of a concussed Marc-Andre Fleury.

A head injury of his own kept Murray from dressing in Games 1 and 2, but once he got into the crease, he owned it. Murray won his three starts against the Rangers, with the Penguins advancing in five games. He stopped 85 of the 89 shots the Blueshirts threw at him, showing remarkable poise in what was a pressure-packed situation.

Murray kept the net in the second round, even though Fleury was deemed healthy before Game 3 against the Washington Capitals. Not having played for so long, the Penguins were weary of tossing Fleury into action, and Murray rewarded their faith in him, posting a .926 save percentage in Pittsburgh's six-game series win over the high-flying Caps. Murray went 2-1 in overtime games in the series, again showing serious mettle for a young goalie on the game's brightest stage.

The third round was Murray's worst. He struggled in three of Pittsburgh's first four games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, eventually being pulled in favor of Fleury in Game 4. Fleury got the start in Game 5 of a 2-2 series, but the Penguins lost 4-3 in overtime, with Fleury stopping only 21 of 25 shots.

With their season and Cup dreams on the line, the Penguins went back to Murray in a must-win Game 6. He stopped 28 of 30 shots on the road as Pittsburgh forced a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh. The Penguins, of course, won Game 7, and Murray stopped a combined 44 of 47 shots in the elimination games - the biggest contests of his career.

Murray was a rock in the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks, allowing more than two goals in a game only twice.

It was undoubtedly a spring to remember. The best spring of Matt Murray's life.

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Sidney Crosby named Conn Symthe winner as playoff MVP

The Kid has his Conn Smythe.

A distinction that eluded the Pittsburgh Penguins captain in his first title-winning campaign in 2009, Sidney Crosby was named the most valuable player of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs for his multifaceted performance, and in leading his franchise to a fourth championship.

Crosby finished in a tie for sixth in postseason scoring with the six goals and 13 assists, trailing teammate Phil Kessel, but his impact went well beyond what's most easily accessible. He was a force in three zones, commanding possession against the opposition's best. He dominated on the dot, saved his best for the biggest moments, and, most importantly, set a championship standard for his teammates.

He scored the overtime winner in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final, preventing the Penguins from going down 0-2, and claimed two other game-winners. But the lasting moment of his postseason performance will be his play call before an offensive zone draw in overtime in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, a spontaneous design that resulted in a Conor Sheary winner.

Crosby totaled eight points versus the New York Rangers, two points in Round 2 versus the Washington Capitals, then three goals and five points versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, before recording four assists on the San Jose Sharks, including two in Game 6 Sunday.

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Kris Letang buries Sidney Crosby feed to give Penguins the lead

The San Jose Sharks drew even with the Pittsburgh Penguins with a goal midway through the second period, but the 1-1 deadlock didn't last long.

Less than 80 seconds later, Sidney Crosby fed Kris Letang from behind the net, and the defenseman made no mistake - scoring his third of the playoffs to restore his team's one-goal lead.

The 29-year-old blue-liner now has points in five of six Stanley Cup Final games.

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Kunitz inexplicably passes up open net

Chris Kunitz had a four-by-six of empty webbing to fire at to put the Pittsburgh Penguins up two on the San Jose Sharks in an elimination contest with the Stanley Cup at stake ... and passed.

Watch as Kunitz blindly dishes back to Evgeni Malkin on a 2-on-1 opportunity, neglecting to notice Sharks netminder Martin Jones caught in a rare moment well out of position.

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Watch: Martin Jones denies Bonino with toe … again

Win or lose, Martin Jones has a case for the Conn Smythe.

This time with the right one, the San Jose Sharks emergent starter used a big toe to deny Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino in a second consecutive start Sunday night in Game 6.

Jones has been nothing short of incredible since the Penguins pushed the Sharks to the brink, a fact to which Bonino can most certainly attest.

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