Sidney Crosby celebrates with girlfriend Kathy Leutner

With a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, Biddeford native Brian Dumoulin became the first Maine-born National Hockey League player to hoist the Stanley Cup.

"It wasn't easy getting here", Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after winning his second Stanley Cup. He handed it to injured defenseman Trevor Daly, who broke his ankle earlier in the playoffs.

The Sharks remarkable season, and their historic playoff run, came to and end Sunday.

Crosby and the Penguins are once again champions.

Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe.

Jones made 24 saves, while his teammates mustered 19 shots on Matthew Murray.

Patric Hornqvist's empty-net goal in the final minutes was just gravy for the Pens' 3-1 victory. "He's a great goaltender and he's only going to get better". He was matched up a lot against Sharks star Joe Thornton, for instance, and Thornton never scored in the series. Crosby's blocked shot at the end was one of his four in the game as Pittsburgh had 33 overall.

Jones was the main reason the Sharks were competitive against the speedy Penguins.

The fact that the Cup clincher came on the road did not boring 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. Kessel was traded from the Maple Leafs in a six-player deal after being much maligned in Toronto.

Crosby had two assists, including the pass that set up Kris Letang's game-winner as Pittsburgh beat the Sharks 3-1 in Game 6.

The Sharks are hanging on despite being down to five defensemen. Then Logan Couture (kuh-CHUR') tied in the second period.

The Sharks were 20 minutes from elimination Sunday evening, trailing Pittsburgh 2-1 after the second period at SAP Center.

Murray stopped 18 shots for the Penguins, facing just a pair in the final period.

The video featured Howe's banner that hangs in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, a line from son Marty and clips of his Hall of Fame career.

Given what we've read and heard about Mr. Hockey in the days since his passing, we don't think he would mind at all.

Howe won the Stanley Cup four times with the Red Wings. But the award signifies much more than that as the Penguins controlled the play nearly every time he was on the ice and Crosby helped neutralize the opponent's top players. Based on how he performed in the final, it wouldn't have been surprising if Martin Jones also received a vote or two. The third period saw the Sharks go almost 16 minutes between shots before directing one on Murray in the final minute of the contest.

"I've said all along in these playoffs, he's deserving of the Conn Smythe", Sullivan said. Dan Bylsma replaced fired Michel Therrien in February 2009 and led the Penguins to the Cup. Chris Kunitz showed that in a major hustle play to keep them up 1-0.

"He's been there all year and he put up quite a performance in the playoffs", Sharks forward Joel Ward. You get away from where you usually are. He met the challenge of stopping shots by Crosby and Conor Sheary in quick succession late in the period, triggering roars and chants from the lively crowd. 3, Pittsburgh, Letang 3 (Crosby, Sheary), 7:46. Then he scored the power-play goal that gave them the lead. On Thursday, the Penguins got their first goal in the first period when Zubrus was in the penalty box for delay of game.

The Penguins slowly began to dominate the play and neutralized San Jose's chances. Should the Penguins win tonight, that could all come true. "Everybody looks at how many points he gets, but the fact of the matter is he's become an all-around player". He went down the tunnel to the locker room. It is the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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