The Pittsburgh Penguins are your 2016 Stanley Cup champions, but in addition to the Cup there was another piece of important hardware to give away.
The Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, clinching their fourth title in franchise history and second in the Sidney Crosby era.
Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the Playoffs' most valuable player. Crosby finished in a tie for sixth in postseason scoring with the six goals and 13 assists, trailing teammate Phil Kessel, but his impact was felt far beyond the scoresheet. He was a force in three zones, commanding possession against the opposition's best. He dominated on the faceoff 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.
It is worth noting that Sharks' forward Logan Couture made a strong case for the Conn Smythe after recording his 10th goal and playoff-high 30th point in his 24th game on Sunday.