If you're a fan of gritty hockey with a ton of physicality, mixed in with a ton of speed and skill, then this Stanley Cup was the one for you. A series in which the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to take care of business in Game 6, beating Jumbo Joe and the San Jose Sharks 3-1, giving them a 4-2 series win.
The Penguins looked like they were headed for a sweep after beating the Sharks in each of the first 2 games in Pittsburgh. It appeared as though the Sharks were too old and slow to compete with the speed of the Penguins' big guns of Crosby, Malkin, and Kessel. However, the Sharks were able to squeak one out in a Game 3 comeback, capped off by one of the sexiest snipes ever from Sharks forward, Joonas Donskoi.
Donskoi's goal in OT seemed to spark a little momentum for San Jose; however, the Pens came back and won Game 4, taking a commanding 3 games to 1 lead in the series as they headed back to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
Game 5 was 1 period of chaos, finishing with 2 really tightly played periods. The Sharks got goals from Brent Burns and Logan Couture to take a 2-0 lead on a shaky Matt Murray. The Pens came back with goals from Malkin and Bonino to tie it up at 2. Later in the first, Melkar Karlsson scored, giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead late in the period. A lead that held at 3-2 until an empty-netter was scored by Joe Pavelski. It took a lot of help from former Bruins goalie (very brief), Martin Jones, who registered 44 saves in order to keep the Sharks alive and force a Game 6 in San Jose.
The only negative about Game 6 was that it was the last one. A soft goal was scored by Brian Doumolin early in the first, but after that it was very tough to score for the Pens. Logan Couture scored midway through the second to tie it at 1 before Matt Murray laid down the hammer and really stood on his head for the remainder of the game. While it was Martin Jones who made the majority of highlight-reel saves, it was a goal by Kris Letang just 1:19 after the Couture goal that decided the series. Patric Hornqvist potted the EN goal and the Pens won 3-1.
Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe tropy as Playoff MVP.
And now the countdown begins until puck drop to start the 2016-17 season, where Pittsburgh goes to try and defend their title.