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The 2016 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the 2015-16 NHL season and the culmination of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This was the 123rd year of the Stanley Cup's presentation.

The Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks four games to two to win their fourth championship in franchise history (all of them on the road). The Penguins had home ice advantage in the series, being the club with the better regular season record.

The series began on May 30, 2016 and concluded on June 12, 2016.

This was the first Stanley Cup Final since 2007 to feature a team making their first appearance in the Finals in their club history. The Eastern Conference team had home-ice advantage in the Final in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2004 and 2006 Finals.

For the first time since 2011, an Eastern Conference team won the Stanley Cup. Also for the first time since 2011, neither the Chicago Blackhawks or the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup.


Pittsburgh Penguins[]

This was Pittsburgh's fifth Finals appearance, the first since winning the Cup in 2009, and 25 years after their first Stanley Cup winning season in 1991.

Since their win in 2009, the Penguins lost in the Conference Finals in 2013 in four games to the Boston Bruins and were eliminated twice by the New York Rangers in 2014 and 2015.

The Penguins made major trades during the off-season, receiving forwards Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino to improve their offense.

Pittsburgh entered the 2015–16 season re-signing defenceman Olli Maatta and forward Bryan Rust. In free agency, the Penguins were able to sign centres Matt Cullen and Eric Fehr.

During the season, the Penguins fired their coach Mike Johnston on December 12, 2015 after compiling a 15–10–3 record. Pittsburgh replaced him with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Mike Sullivan who went 33–16–5.

The Penguins made two major trades before the trade deadline, receiving defenceman Trevor Daley and forward Carl Hagelin.

After goalie Marc-Andre Fleury suffered a concussion on April 2, the team turned to rookie Matt Murray for the final week of the regular season and throughout the playoffs.

Pittsburgh earned 104 points (48 wins, 26 losses, and eight overtime losses) during the regular season to finish second in the Metropolitan Division.

Centre and team captain Sidney Crosby led the club in scoring during the regular season and finished third in the league with 85 points.

During the playoffs, the Penguins eliminated the New York Rangers in five games after being defeated consecutively by them in 2014 and 2015, defeated the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in six games and extinguished the defending Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the Conference Final in seven games.

San Jose Sharks[]

This was San Jose's first Finals appearance in their 25-year history.

During the off-season the Sharks hired former New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer to replace Todd McLellan. The Sharks also traded for goalie Martin Jones, the former Los Angeles Kings backup goalie.

The Sharks also picked up defenceman Paul Martin & right wingers Joel Ward and Dainius Zubrus via free agency.

Before the trade deadline, the Sharks acquired forward Nick Spaling, defenceman Roman Polak as well as goalie James Reimer to help improve defensively.

San Jose earned 98 points (46 wins, 30 losses, six overtime losses) to finish third in the Pacific Division.

Centre Joe Thornton led the club in scoring with 82 points, and finished tied for fourth in the League, followed closely by centre and team captain Joe Pavelski with 78 points and defenceman Brent Burns with 75 points.

In the playoffs, San Jose avenged their previous loss to the Los Angeles Kings in 2014, in which they gave up a 3–0 series lead, by defeating the Kings in five games.

San Jose also eliminated the Nashville Predators in seven games, winning every home game in the series, then defeated the St. Louis Blues in the Conference Final in six games.


Game one[]

In game one, it remained scoreless until both Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary scored a minute apart for the Penguins midway in the first period.

San Jose came back in the second period with a power play goal by Tomas Hertl at 3:02 and the tying goal by Patrick Marleau at 18:12.

The score remained tied 2–2 through most of the third period even with the Penguins firing off 18 shots on goal and it appeared that the game would go into overtime.

However, Nick Bonino's goal at 17:27 gave the Penguins the lead, after receiving a pass from Kris Letang that went past the Sharks' defencemen Brent Burns (who had just moments earlier lost his stick) and Paul Martin.

The Penguins held off the Sharks in the final minutes to take game one 3–2.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PIT Bryan Rust (6) Justin Schultz (3) and Chris Kunitz (7) 12:46 1–0 PIT
PIT Conor Sheary (3) Sidney Crosby (10) and Olli Maatta (5) 13:48 2–0 PIT
2nd SJ Tomas Hertl (6) – pp Joonas Donskoi (5) and Brent Burns (15) 3:02 2–1 PIT
SJ Patrick Marleau (5) Brent Burns (16) and Logan Couture (17) 18:12 2–2
3rd PIT Nick Bonino (4) Kris Letang (9) and Carl Hagelin (8) 17:27 3–2 PIT
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st SJ Dainius Zubrus High Sticking 8:54 2:00
2nd PIT Ian Cole Hooking 1:14 2:00
SJ Joe Pavelski Tripping 18:52 2:00
SJ Joe Thornton Roughing 18:52 2:00
PIT Evgeni Malkin Slashing 18:52 2:00
3rd SJ Patrick Marleau Illegal Check to Head 4:47 2:00
PIT Ben Lovejoy Hooking 17:51 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
San Jose 4 13 9 26
Pittsburgh 15 8 18 41

Game two[]

In game two, eleven and six shots were taken for the Penguins and Sharks respectively in the first period, but no goals were scored.

In the second period, a series of mistakes led to a Penguins goal starting first with defenceman Roman Polak of the Sharks almost giving it away to Phil Kessel, then Brenden Dillon got stripped of the puck by Carl Hagelin who gave it to Nick Bonino for a tip-in by Kessel.

The Sharks were able to tie the game late in the third on a goal by Justin Braun to send the game into overtime.

Early in overtime, a quick shot by Conor Sheary got past the Sharks goaltender Martin Jones to give the Penguins a 2–0 series lead.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd PIT Phil Kessel (10) Nick Bonino (13) and Carl Hagelin (9) 8:20 1–0 PIT
3rd SJ Justin Braun (1) Logan Couture (18) and Joel Ward (6) 15:55 1–1
OT PIT Conor Sheary (4) Kris Letang (10) and Sidney Crosby (11) 2:35 2–1 PIT
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st SJ Paul Martin Delay of Game (Puck over Glass) 12:09 2:00
2nd SJ Paul Martin High-sticking 8:50 2:00
PIT Ian Cole Interference 18:49 2:00
3rd None
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
San Jose 6 5 9 2 22
Pittsburgh 11 12 6 1 30

Game three[]

In game three, Ben Lovejoy started off the scoring at 5:29 of the first period after his shot got deflected in off Sharks defenceman Roman Polak.

The Sharks tied it up at 9:34 on Justin Braun's goal after receiving a pass from Joe Thornton. The Penguins got their second lead in the game in the second period with Ben Lovejoy's point shot being tipped in off forward Patric Hornqvist's stick.

In the third period, Penguins forward Nick Bonino high-sticked Thornton (resulting in some blood being spilled) causing a four-minute power play for the Sharks.

In the dying seconds of the power play, Joel Ward fired a slap shot that got past Matt Murray. In overtime, Joonas Donskoi fired a shot that went high over Murray into the net for the game winner.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PIT Ben Lovejoy (2) Unassisted 5:29 1–0 PIT
SJ Justin Braun (2) Joe Thornton (16) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (11) 9:34 1–1
2nd PIT Patric Hornqvist (8) Ben Lovejoy (4) and Olli Maatta (6) 19:07 2–1 PIT
3rd SJ Joel Ward (7) Joonas Donskoi (6) and Joe Thornton (17) 8:48 2–2
OT SJ Joonas Donskoi (6) Chris Tierney (3) 12:18 3–2 SJ
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st SJ Joel Ward High-sticking 2:58 2:00
2nd PIT Carl Hagelin Tripping 10:39 2:00
3rd PIT Nick Bonino High-sticking (double-minor) 4:48 4:00
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
Pittsburgh 14 6 13 9 42
San Jose 6 9 7 4 26


Game four[]

The Penguins scored first for the seventh consecutive game; at 7:36 of the first period, after receiving a pass from Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel sped into the Sharks zone and fired a shot that rebounded off Martin Jones onto Ian Cole's stick for his first playoff goal.

In the second period, Sharks forward Melker Karlsson got called for interference against Eric Fehr and on the ensuing power play, Malkin tipped in a shot by Kessel for the Penguins' second goal. During the third period, Karlsson was able to cut the deficit to one at 8:07.

However, the Penguins were able to regain a two-goal lead with 2:02 left when Carl Hagelin received a chip pass from Olli Maatta then gave it to Eric Fehr who fired a snap shot past Jones.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PIT Ian Cole (1) Phil Kessel (10) and Evgeni Malkin (12) 7:36 1–0 PIT
2nd PIT Evgeni Malkin (5) Phil Kessel (11) and Kris Letang (11) 2:37 2–0 PIT
3rd SJ Melker Karlsson (4) Chris Tierney (4) and Brenden Dillon (1) 8:07 2–1 PIT
PIT Eric Fehr (3) Carl Hagelin (10) and Olli Maatta (7) 17:58 3–1 PIT
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st SJ Marc-Edouard Vlasic Interference 11:37 2:00
PIT Ben Lovejoy Holding the stick 14:45 2:00
2nd SJ Melker Karlsson Interference 2:28 2:00
PIT Bryan Rust Hooking 17:33 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Pittsburgh 6 7 7 20
San Jose 8 4 12 24


Game five[]

In game five, four goals were scored in the first 5:06 of the game.

Brent Burns started the scoring at 1:04 slipping it past the Penguins goaltender on the right post after receiving a pass from Melker Karlsson.

For the Sharks, it was their first lead in the Finals during regulation. At 2:53, the Sharks scored their second goal; this time Logan Couture scored the goal, deflecting a shot by Justin Braun.

Less than two minutes later, Sharks forward Dainius Zubrus got called for a delay of game after shooting the puck over the glass.

On the ensuing power play, Evgeni Malkin's shot got deflected off Braun's skate, cutting the deficit to 2–1. Twenty-two seconds later, Brenden Dillon gave away the puck to Nick Bonino who shot it on goal then getting deflected in by Carl Hagelin.

In the middle of the first period on the power play, the Penguins shot once on the crossbar and Phil Kessel's shot went off both posts but stayed out. Later in the period, Dillon passed down low for Couture who sauced a backhand pass for Karlsson's goal to regain the lead for the Sharks.

The Sharks then played defensively throughout the second and third period with goaltender Martin Jones stopping all 31 shots. Joe Pavelski provided an empty-net goal to force a sixth game.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st SJ Brent Burns (7) Melker Karlsson (2) and Logan Couture (19) 1:04 1–0 SJ
SJ Logan Couture (9) Justin Braun (5) 2:53 2–0 SJ
PIT Evgeni Malkin (6) – pp Phil Kessel (12) and Kris Letang (12) 4:44 2–1 SJ
PIT Carl Hagelin (6) Nick Bonino (14) 5:06 2–2
SJ Melker Karlsson (5) Logan Couture (20) and Brenden Dillon (2) 14:47 3–2 SJ
2nd None
3rd SJ Joe Pavelski (14) – en Joe Thornton (18) 18:40 4–2 SJ
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st SJ Danius Zubrus Delay of game (shot puck over glass) 4:21 2:00
SJ Brent Burns High-sticking 8:18 2:00
2nd PIT Bench (served by Phil Kessel) Too many men on ice 5:58 2:00
SJ Melker Karlsson Slashing 10:30 2:00
3rd PIT Carl Hagelin Hooking 14:04 2:00
PIT Sidney Crosby Roughing 19:56 2:00
SJ Melker Karlsson Roughing 19:56 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
San Jose 7 8 7 22
Pittsburgh 15 17 14 46

Game six[]

In game six, Brian Dumoulin started the scoring for Pittsburgh on the power play, taking a pass Justin Schultz and Chris Kunitz.

In the second period, San Jose tied it up as Logan Couture took a pass from Melker Karlsson and fired a shot past Matt Murray.

A little over a minute later though, Pittsburgh took the lead again as a shot by Kris Letang ricocheted off Sharks goaltender Martin Jones into the net.

The Penguins played defensively in the third period, limiting the shots by the Sharks to two. The Penguins got an empty-net goal by Patric Hornqvist as insurance.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup in their franchise history, winning all on the road.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PIT Brian Dumoulin (2) – pp Justin Schultz (4) and Chris Kunitz (8) 8:16 1–0 PIT
2nd SJ Logan Couture (10) Melker Karlsson (3) and Brent Burns (17) 6:27 1–1
PIT Kris Letang (3) Sidney Crosby (12) and Conor Sheary (6) 7:46 2–1 PIT
3rd PIT Patric Hornqvist (9) – en Sidney Crosby (13) 18:50 3–1 PIT
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st SJ Dainius Zubrus Tripping 7:50 2:00
2nd None
3rd PIT Conor Sheary Hooking 5:26 2:00
SJ Brent Burns Slashing 11:02 2:00
PIT Eric Fehr High-sticking 19:50 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Pittsburgh 9 11 7 27
San Jose 4 13 2 19


Pittsburgh Penguins[]

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
19 United States Beau Bennett RW R Template:Hs24 2010 Gardena, California first
13 United States Nick Bonino C L Template:Hs28 2015 Hartford, Connecticut first
28 United States Ian Cole D L Template:Hs27 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan first
87 Canada Sidney Crosby  – C C L Template:Hs28 2005 Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia third (2008, 2009)
7 United States Matt Cullen C L Template:Hs39 2015 Virginia, Minnesota second (2006)
6 Canada Trevor Daley D L Template:Hs32 2015 Toronto, Ontario first
8 United States Brian Dumoulin D L Template:Hs24 2012 Biddeford, Maine first
16 Canada Eric Fehr C/RW R Template:Hs30 2015 Winkler, Manitoba first
29 Canada Marc-Andre Fleury G L Template:Hs31 2003 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec third (2008, 2009)
62 Template:Country data SWE Carl Hagelin LW L Template:Hs27 2016 Södertälje, Sweden second (2014)
72 Template:Country data SWE Patric Hornqvist RW R Template:Hs27 2014 Sollentuna, Sweden first
81 United States Phil Kessel RW R Template:Hs28 2015 Madison, Wisconsin first
34 Template:Country data GER Tom Kuhnhackl LW L Template:Hs24 2010 Landshut, Germany first
14 Canada Chris Kunitz

 – A

LW L Template:Hs36 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan third (2007, 2009)
58 Canada Kris Letang D R Template:Hs29 2005 Montreal, Quebec third (2008, 2009)
12 United States Ben Lovejoy D R Template:Hs32 2015 Concord, New Hampshire second (2009)
3 Template:Country data FIN Olli Maatta D L Template:Hs21 2012 Jyväskylä, Finland first
71 Template:Country data RUS Evgeni Malkin  – A C L Template:Hs29 2004 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union third (2008, 2009)
30 Canada Murray, MattMatt Murray G L Template:Hs22 2012 Thunder Bay, Ontario first
51 Canada Derrick Pouliot D L Template:Hs22 2012 Estevan, Saskatchewan first
17 United States Bryan Rust RW R Template:Hs24 2010 Pontiac, Michigan first
4 Canada Justin Schultz D R Template:Hs25 2016 Kelowna, British Columbia first
43 United States Conor Sheary LW L Template:Hs23 2015 Melrose, Massachusetts first
40 Template:Country data SWE Oskar Sundqvist C/RW R Template:Hs22 2012 Boden, Sweden first
37 United States Jeff Zatkoff G L Template:Hs28 2012 Detroit, Michigan first

San Jose Sharks[]

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
61 United States Justin Braun D R Template:Hs29 2007 St. Paul, Minnesota first
88 Canada Brent Burns D R Template:Hs31 2011 Barrie, Ontario first
39 Canada Logan Couture

 – A

C L Template:Hs27 2007 Guelph, Ontario first
4 Canada Brenden Dillon D L Template:Hs25 2014 New Westminster, British Columbia first
27 Template:Country data FIN Joonas Donskoi RW R Template:Hs24 2015 Raahe, Finland first
48 Czech Republic Tomas Hertl LW L Template:Hs22 2012 Prague, Czech Republic first
31 Canada Martin Jones G L Template:Hs26 2015 North Vancouver, British Columbia second (2014)
68 Template:Country data SWE Melker Karlsson C/RW R Template:Hs25 2014 Lycksele, Sweden first
12 Canada Patrick Marleau LW L Template:Hs36 1997 Swift Current, Saskatchewan first
7 United States Paul Martin D L Template:Hs35 2015 Elk River, Minnesota first
83 United States Matthew Nieto LW L Template:Hs23 2011 Long Beach, California first
8 United States Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski – C C R Template:Hs31 2003 Plover, Wisconsin first
46 Czech Republic Roman Polak D R Template:Hs30 2016 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia first
34 Canada James Reimer G L Template:Hs28 2016 Morweena, Manitoba first
16 Canada Nick Spaling C L Template:Hs27 2016 Palmerston, Ontario first
19 Canada Joe Thornton

 – A

C L Template:Hs36 2005 London, Ontario first
50 Canada Chris Tierney C L Template:Hs21 2012 Keswick, Ontario first
44 Canada Marc-Edouard Vlasic D L Template:Hs29 2005 Montreal, Quebec first
42 Canada Joel Ward RW R Template:Hs35 2015 North York, Ontario first
57 United States Tommy Wingels RW/C R Template:Hs28 2008 Evanston, Illinois first
9 Template:Country data LTU Dainius Zubrus C/RW L Template:Hs37 2015 Elektrėnai, Lithuanian SSR third (1997, 2012)

Pittsburgh Penguins: 2016 Stanley Cup Champions[]

The 2016 Stanley Cup was presented to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman following the Penguins' 3–1 win over the Sharks in game six.


  1. 3 Olli Maatta
  2. 4 Justin Schultz
  3. 6 Trevor Daley
  4. 8 Brian Dumoulin
  5. 12 Ben Lovejoy
  6. 28 Ian Cole
  7. 58 Kris Letang


  1. 14 Chris Kunitz (A)
  2. 17 Bryan Rust
  3. 19 Beau Bennett
  4. 34 Tom Kuhnhackl
  5. 43 Conor Sheary
  6. 62 Carl Hagelin
  7. 72 Patric Hornqvist
  8. 81 Phil Kessel


  1. 7 Matt Cullen
  2. 13 Nick Bonino
  3. 16 Eric Fehr1
  4. 40 Oskar Sundqvist1
  5. 71 Evgeni Malkin (A)
  6. 87 Sidney Crosby (C)


  1. 29 Marc-Andre Fleury
  2. 30 Matt Murray
  3. 37 Jeff Zatkoff

Coaching and Administrative Staff

  • Mario Lemieux (Chairman/Co-Owner/Alt. Governor), Ronald Burkle (Co-Owner/Alt. Governor), David Morehouse (President/Governor), Travis Williams (Chief Operating Officer/Alt. Governor), Tony Liberati (Director/Alt. Governor), Jim Rutherford (Exe. Vice President/General Manager),
  • Jason Botterill (Asst. General Manager), Bill Guerin (Asst. General Manager), Jason Karmoas (Vice President of Hockey Operations),
  • Mike Sullivan (Head Coach), Rick Tocchet (Asst. Coach), Jacques Martin (Asst. Coach), Mike Bales (Goaltending Coach),
  • Mark Recchi (Player Development Coach), Sergei Gonchar (Defensemen Development Coach), *Andy Sauceir (Video Coach), Jim Britt (Director of Team Operations)
  • Dan MacKinnon (Director of Player Personnel), Randy Sexton (Director of Amateur Scouting), Derek Clancey (Director of Pro Scouting),
  • Patrik Alivin (Head European Scout), Alex Trinca (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Chris Stewart (Athletic Trainer), Curtis Bell (Asst. Athletic Trainer),
  • Patrick Steidle (Asst. Athlectic Trainer), Rick Jozeitz (Physical Therapist), Dana Heinze (Equipment Manager),
  • Teddy Richars (Asst. Equipment Manager), Danny Kroll (Asst. Equipment Manager).

Television and Radio[]

In the United States, the Stanley Cup Finals was split between NBC and NBCSN.

NBCSN aired two games of the series while NBC aired the other five (if necessary).

On May 27, 2016, NBC Sports announced that if the series was tied at 1-1 entering Game 3, then it would have aired on NBC and Game 4 televised on NBCSN.

However, if one team led 2-0 (as this eventually happened), Game 3 moved to NBCSN and then Game 4 on NBC. The games were broadcast nationally on radio via the NBC Sports Radio network.

In Canada, the series aired on CBC Television (through "Hockey Night in Canada" as produced by Sportsnet through a brokerage agreement) in English and TVA Sports in French.