2016 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2016 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2015–16 season, and the culmination of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. 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 (winning the clinching game of all four on the road). Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.

The Penguins finished ahead of the Sharks during the regular season, giving them home ice advantage in the series. The series began on May 30 and concluded on June 12.[3] This was the first Stanley Cup Finals since 2007 to feature a team making their Finals debut. This was the first playoff meeting between teams from Pittsburgh and the Bay Area since the Penguins swept the Oakland Seals in the 1970 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals.

The Eastern Conference had home-ice advantage in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2004 and 2006 Finals. For the first time since 2011, neither the Chicago Blackhawks nor the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup.

2016 Stanley Cup Finals
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San Jose Sharks 21*3*141 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 32*2*323 4
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)San Jose: SAP Center (3, 4, 6)
Pittsburgh: Consol Energy Center (1, 2, 5)
CoachesSan Jose: Peter DeBoer
Pittsburgh: Mike Sullivan
CaptainsSan Jose: Joe Pavelski
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby
National anthemsSan Jose: Annemarie Martin (3)
San Jose: Metallica (4)[1]
San Jose: Pat Monahan (6)[2]
Pittsburgh: Jeff Jimerson
RefereesWes McCauley
Dan O'Halloran
Dan O'Rourke
Kelly Sutherland
DatesMay 30 – June 12
MVPSidney Crosby (Penguins)
Series-winning goalKris Letang (7:46, second, G6)
NetworksCanada (English): CBC
Canada (French): TVA Sports
United States (English): NBC and NBCSN
Announcers(CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
(TVA) Felix Seguin, Patrick Lalime, Renaud Lavoie
(NBC/NBCSN) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
(NHL International) Steve Mears, Kevin Weekes
(NBC Sports Radio) Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Darren Eliot

Paths to the Finals

Pittsburgh Penguins

This was Pittsburgh's fifth Finals appearance, and first since winning the Cup in 2009. The Penguins had made the playoffs every year since their win in 2009, but hadn't won a single game in the conference finals in that span.

After losing to the Rangers in the playoffs for the second consecutive year, the Penguins made waves during the 2015 offseason, trading for forwards Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino, re-signing defenceman Olli Maatta and forward Bryan Rust, and signing centres Matt Cullen and Eric Fehr in free agency. General manager Jim Rutherford fired head coach Mike Johnston on December 12, 2015, after the team limped to a 15–10–3 start. Johnston was replaced with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, who went 33–16–5 over the remainder of the season. The Penguins made three major trades before the trade deadline, acquiring defencemen Trevor Daley and Justin Schultz 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 the majority of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh finished with 104 points (48–26–8) in 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.

In the playoffs, the Penguins eliminated the New York Rangers in five games after losing to them in 2014 and 2015, the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in six games, and the defending conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.

San Jose Sharks

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

During the offseason the Sharks hired former New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer to replace Todd McLellan and traded for former Kings backup goalie Martin Jones. San Jose also picked up defenceman Paul Martin and right wingers Joel Ward and Dainius Zubrus via free agency. Before the trade deadline, the Sharks acquired forward Nick Spaling, defenceman Roman Polak, and goalie James Reimer.

San Jose earned 98 points (46–30–6) 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 2014 loss to the Kings, a series in which they blew a 3–0 series lead, by defeating Los Angeles in five games. San Jose also eliminated the Nashville Predators in seven games, winning every home game in the series, and the St. Louis Blues in the Conference Final in six games.

Game summaries

Number in parentheses represents the player's total goals or assists to that point of the entire four rounds of the playoffs

Game one

Game one remained scoreless until Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary scored a minute apart for the Penguins midway through 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. Despite 18 third-period Pittsburgh shots directed towards Martin Jones, the score remained tied at two until very late in the game, when Kris Letang found Nick Bonino wide open in front of the net to give the Penguins the lead. The Penguins held off the Sharks in the final minutes to take game one 3–2.[4][5]

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

Game 2 began with a scoreless first period which featured 11 Penguins shots and only six from the Sharks. Midway through the second period, a series of San Jose miscues led to a Pittsburgh goal. After Roman Polak nearly gave the puck away to Phil Kessel, Brenden Dillon was stripped by Carl Hagelin, who gave it to Nick Bonino for a tip-in by Kessel. The Sharks tied the game late in the third on a goal by Justin Braun, which sent the game into overtime. Early in overtime, a quick shot by Conor Sheary beat Martin Jones to give the Penguins a 2–1 win and 2–0 series lead.[6][7]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
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

Ben Lovejoy started off the scoring in game three at 5:29 of the first period, when his point shot deflected in off Roman Polak. The Sharks tied it at 9:34 on a Justin Braun goal. Midway through the second period, the Penguins took the lead back when Patric Hornqvist tipped in another Lovejoy point shot. In the third period, Nick Bonino high-sticked Joe Thornton, and in the dying seconds of the four-minute power play, Joel Ward fired a slap shot past Matt Murray to tie the game. In overtime, Joonas Donskoi roofed a tough-angle shot over Murray's shoulder for the game winner.[8]

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

At 7:36 of the first period, Phil Kessel took advantage of a poor Sharks line change and fired a shot that rebounded off Martin Jones and directly to Ian Cole, who scored his first playoff goal. This marked the seventh consecutive game in which the Penguins had scored first. In the second period, Sharks forward Melker Karlsson was called for interference against Eric Fehr, and on the ensuing power play, Evgeni Malkin tipped in a Kessel shot for the Penguins' second goal. During the third period, Karlsson scored again to cut the deficit to one, but the Penguins regained a two-goal lead with 2:02 left when Eric Fehr beat Jones on a breakaway.[9]

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) - pp 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

Game five started quickly, with four goals scored in the first 5:06 of the game. Brent Burns gave the Sharks their first lead of the Final at 1:04, slipping it past Murray on the right post. San Jose scored again at 2:53, when Logan Couture deflected in a shot from Justin Braun. Less than two minutes later, Sharks forward Dainius Zubrus got called for delay of game after shooting the puck over the glass. On the ensuing power play, a Malkin shot deflected off Braun's skate and past Jones, cutting the deficit to 2–1. Less than a minute later, Brenden Dillon gave away the puck to Nick Bonino, who took a shot that was deflected in by Carl Hagelin. Later in the first period, during a Pittsburgh power play, a Phil Kessel wrist shot bounced off both posts but stayed out. Later in the period, Dillon passed down low for Couture who sauced a backhand pass to Karlsson, who scored to regain the lead for the Sharks. San Jose took just 15 shots in the second and third period combined, but Jones withstood a massive 46 shots from the Penguins to stave off elimination. Joe Pavelski provided an empty-net goal to force a sixth game.[10]

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

A power play drive from Brian Dumoulin started the scoring early in game six. During the first intermission, a tribute to Gordie Howe was played, as he died on June 10. San Jose tied it up in the second period when Logan Couture took a pass from Melker Karlsson and fired a shot past Murray. Just over a minute later, Pittsburgh regained the lead when a shot by Kris Letang ricocheted off Martin Jones and in. Despite facing elimination on home ice, the Sharks managed only two shots on goal in the third period, and an empty-net goal from Patric Hornqvist sealed the win for Pittsburgh. The Penguins won the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, clinching all four on the road.[11]

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) 18:58 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

Team rosters

San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins shaking hands
The Penguins and the Sharks shaking hands after Game six

Pittsburgh Penguins

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
19 United States Beau Bennett RW R 24 2010 Gardena, California first
13 United States Nick Bonino C L 28 2015 Hartford, Connecticut first
28 United States Ian Cole D L 27 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan first
87 Canada Sidney Crosby – C C L 28 2005 Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia third (2008, 2009)
7 United States Matt Cullen C L 39 2015 Virginia, Minnesota second (2006)
6 Canada Trevor Daley D L 32 2015 Toronto, Ontario first
8 United States Brian Dumoulin D L 24 2012 Biddeford, Maine first
16 Canada Eric Fehr C/RW R 30 2015 Winkler, Manitoba first
29 Canada Marc-Andre Fleury G L 31 2003 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec third (2008, 2009)
62 Sweden Carl Hagelin LW L 27 2016 Södertälje, Sweden second (2014)
72 Sweden Patric Hornqvist RW R 27 2014 Sollentuna, Sweden first
81 United States Phil Kessel RW R 28 2015 Madison, Wisconsin first
34 Germany Tom Kuhnhackl LW L 24 2010 Landshut, Germany first
14 Canada Chris Kunitz – A LW L 36 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan third (2007, 2009)
58 Canada Kris Letang D R 29 2005 Montreal, Quebec third (2008, 2009)
12 United States Ben Lovejoy D R 32 2015 Concord, New Hampshire first
3 Finland Olli Maatta D L 21 2012 Jyväskylä, Finland first
71 Russia Evgeni Malkin – A C L 29 2004 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union third (2008, 2009)
30 Canada Matt Murray G L 22 2012 Thunder Bay, Ontario first
51 Canada Derrick Pouliot D L 22 2012 Estevan, Saskatchewan first
17 United States Bryan Rust RW R 24 2010 Pontiac, Michigan first
4 Canada Justin Schultz D R 25 2016 Kelowna, British Columbia first
43 United States Conor Sheary LW L 23 2015 Melrose, Massachusetts first
40 Sweden Oskar Sundqvist C/RW R 22 2012 Boden, Sweden first
37 United States Jeff Zatkoff G L 28 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 29 2007 St. Paul, Minnesota first
88 Canada Brent Burns D R 31 2011 Barrie, Ontario first
39 Canada Logan Couture – A C L 27 2007 Guelph, Ontario first
4 Canada Brenden Dillon D L 25 2014 New Westminster, British Columbia first
27 Finland Joonas Donskoi RW R 24 2015 Raahe, Finland first
48 Czech Republic Tomas Hertl LW L 22 2012 Prague, Czech Republic first
31 Canada Martin Jones G L 26 2015 North Vancouver, British Columbia second (2014)
68 Sweden Melker Karlsson C/RW R 25 2014 Lycksele, Sweden first
12 Canada Patrick Marleau LW L 36 1997 Swift Current, Saskatchewan first
7 United States Paul Martin D L 35 2015 Elk River, Minnesota first
83 United States Matt Nieto LW L 23 2011 Long Beach, California first
8 United States Joe Pavelski – C C R 31 2003 Plover, Wisconsin first
46 Czech Republic Roman Polak D R 30 2016 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia first
34 Canada James Reimer G L 28 2016 Morweena, Manitoba first
16 Canada Nick Spaling C L 27 2016 Palmerston, Ontario first
19 Canada Joe Thornton – A C L 36 2005 London, Ontario first
50 Canada Chris Tierney C L 21 2012 Keswick, Ontario first
44 Canada Marc-Edouard Vlasic D L 29 2005 Montreal, Quebec first
42 Canada Joel Ward RW R 35 2015 North York, Ontario first
57 United States Tommy Wingels RW/C R 28 2008 Evanston, Illinois first
9 Lithuania Dainius Zubrus C/RW L 37 2015 Elektrėnai, Soviet Union third (1997, 2012)

Stanley Cup presentation and engraving

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 Played both centre and wing.

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Mario Lemieux (Chairman/Co-Owner/Alt. Governor), Ronald Burkle (Co-Owner/Alt. Governor), William Kassling (Co-Owner/Alt. Governor),
  • David Morehouse (President/Governor), Travis Williams (Chief Operating Officer/Alt. Governor), Jim Rutherford (Exe. Vice President/General Manager),
  • Jason Botterill (Asst. General Manager), Bill Guerin (Asst. General Manager), Jason Karmanos (Vice President of Hockey Operations),
  • Mark Recchi (Player Development Coach), Mike Sullivan (Head Coach), Jacques Martin (Asst. Coach),
  • Rick Tocchet (Asst. Coach), Mike Bales (Goaltending Coach), Andy Saucier (Video Coach),
  • Dr. Dharmesh Vyas (Head Team Physician), Chris Stewart (Athletic Trainer), Curtis Bell (Asst. Athletic Trainer),
  • Patrick Steidle (Asst. Athletic Trainer), Andy O'Brien (Director of Sport Science & Performance), Alex Trinca (Strength & Conditioning Coach),
  • Dana Heinze (Equipment Manager), Ted Richards (Asst. Equipment Manager), Jon Taglianetti (Asst. Equipment Manager),
  • Jim Britt (Director of Team Operations), Dan MacKinnon (Director of Player Personnel), Randy Sexton (Director of Amateur Scouting), Derek Clancey (Director of Pro Scouting).

Engraving notes

Pittsburgh broke the 1938 Chicago Black Hawks' record of eight with ten U.S.-born players on a Stanley Cup winning team: Nick Bonino, Ian Cole, Matt Cullen, Brian Dumoulin, Phil Kessel, Ben Lovejoy, Kevin Porter, Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, and Jeff Zatkoff. An 11th American, Beau Bennett, was traded mid-season (see below).

Player Notes
  • Matt Murray (G) – played in 13 and dressed for 32 regular season games, and started 22 playoff games. He won a rookie-tying 15 playoff games –automatically included on the Cup for playing in the Finals
  • Justin Schultz (D) – played 45 games for Edmonton, and 18 regular season games and 15 playoff games for Pittsburgh – automatically included on the Cup for playing in the Finals
  • Pascal Dupuis (RW) – only played 18 games and forced to retire on Dec. 8 because of several blood clots – given an injury exemption and included on the Cup
  • Kevin Porter (C) – played 41 regular season games, but missed the last 19 and all of the playoffs due to an ankle surgery – automatically included on the Cup for playing at least 41 regular season games
  • Jeff Zatkoff (G) – played in 14 games and dressed for 59 regular season games, and dressed for the first seven playoff games. With Murray and Fleury both injured, Zatkoff started the first two games of the playoffs, winning one and losing one – qualified for dressing for at least 41 regular season games
  • Pittsburgh included the head team physician for the first time on the Stanley Cup. In 1991, 1992, and 2009 Dr. Charles Burke was not engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Included in team picture, but left off the Stanley Cup
  • Beau Bennett (RW) – played 33 regular season games and one playoff game – did not qualify and Pittsburgh did not request an injury exemption
  • Derrick Pouliot (D) – played 22 regular season and two playoff games – did not qualify
  • Oskar Sundqvist (C) – played 18 regular season and two playoff games – did not qualify
  • Scott Wilson (LW) – played 24 regular season games – did not qualify
  • Tristan Jarry (G) – dressed for two playoff games – did not qualify

All players listed above received Stanley Cup rings.


Gilles Meloche was the goaltending coach for Pittsburgh's Cup wins in 1991, 1992, and 2009. His role was changed to Special Assignment Scout, so his name was left off the Stanley Cup in 2016. However, he was awarded his fourth Stanley Cup ring. Other scouts left off the Cup but got rings were pro scouts Al Santili and Ryan Bowness, amateur scouts Colin Alexander, Scott Bell, Brain Fitzgerald, Luc Gauthier, Frank Golden, Jay Heinbuck, Wayne Meier, Ron Pyette, Casey Torres, and Warren Young, and European scouts Patrick Alivin, Petri Pakaslahi, and Tommy Westlund. Many other members of Pittsburgh's staff were also left off the Cup, but still received championship rings.

Players who were part of the 2009 and 2016 Stanley Cup wins:
  • Engraved as players twice: Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin, and Pascal Dupuis (retired on Dec. 8, 2015)
  • Engraved as player once: Ben Lovejoy (included on 2009 team picture but did not qualify to be on Cup that year)
  • Engraved twice (including once as a player — in 2009): Bill Guerin (assistant general manager in 2016)


The Pittsburgh Penguins went on to win the Stanley Cup next year. This time, they defeated the Nashville Predators in six games.

The San Jose Sharks, on the other hand, lost in the first round to the Edmonton Oilers in six games after they reached the finals.

TV and radio

In the U.S., the Final was split between NBC and NBCSN. NBCSN aired two games of the series while NBC aired the other five (if necessary).[12] On May 27, NBC Sports announced that if the series was tied at 1-1 entering game three, then it would have aired on NBC and game four televised on NBCSN. However, if one team led 2–0 (as this eventually happened), game three moved to NBCSN and then game four on NBC.[13] The games were broadcast nationally on radio via the NBC Sports Radio network.[14]

In Canada, the series aired on CBC Television (through Hockey Night in Canada, as produced by Sportsnet through a brokerage agreement) in English,[15] and TVA Sports in French.[3]


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2016 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 13, 2016 and ended on June 12, 2016, with the Pittsburgh Penguins defeating the San Jose Sharks four games to two in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.

For only the second time in league history (1970 being the only other time), none of the NHL's Canadian-based teams, seven in total, qualified for the postseason. In addition, for the second season in a row and only the fifth time since joining the league in 1979, all four former WHA teams (the Edmonton Oilers, Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche) missed the playoffs. The Washington Capitals made the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners with the most points (i.e. best record) during the regular season. This was the final season of the Detroit Red Wings' 25-season playoff appearance streak, the longest streak at the time and tied for third longest in NHL history. The Florida Panthers qualified for the playoffs for only the second time since the 1999–2000 season—both times winning their division—and fifth time in franchise history. For the fourth time in six years, all three California-based teams made the playoffs in the same season. And, for only the second time ever (1996 being the only other time), both Florida-based teams made the playoffs in the same season.

For the first time since 2006, and only the third time in league history, all Original Six teams who made the playoffs (three in total) were eliminated in the first round. The New York Islanders won their first post-season series since the 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs, ending the second longest post-season win drought in NHL history. For the seventh consecutive season and eleventh out of thirteen seasons, a team from California was in the Western Conference Final.For the first time since 2002, no team lost in a four-game sweep in a playoff series.

Albert Campbell Square

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Brian Dumoulin

Brian Joseph Dumoulin (born September 6, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Dumoulin was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Darren Eliot

Darren Joseph Eliot (born November 26, 1961) is a Canadian sports broadcaster and a former professional ice hockey goaltender. He currently serves as Vice President of Hockey Programming and Facility Operations for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Jeff Zatkoff

Jeff Zatkoff (born June 9, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Joonas Donskoi

Joonas Donskoi (born 13 April 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who currently plays under contract with the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Justin Schultz

Justin Schultz (born July 6, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Schultz was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, and grew up in the nearby hamlet of Westbank.

List of San Jose Sharks players

The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). Founded in 1991 as an expansion team, the Sharks have won the Pacific Division six times: in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and have made the Stanley Cup playoffs in 18 of their 24 years in the League. San Jose has not won a Stanley Cup championship to date; the Sharks' longest run in the playoffs came in 2016, when they defeated the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Finals to reach the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.

Since their inception, 283 different players have played at least one regular season or playoff game for the Sharks. The team has had nine captains. Doug Wilson was the first, serving in the team's expansion years between 1991 and 1993. Igor Larionov was another early player for the team, who along with Ed Belfour are the only Sharks to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Goaltender Arturs Irbe, who was instrumental in leading the Sharks to their first playoff appearance in 1993–94 with 74 appearances in 84 games, and Jeff Friesen, who was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team for 1994–95, were among the team's early players.The Sharks grew into a perennial Pacific Division contender in the 2000s following the drafting of several players, among them including forward Patrick Marleau, taken second overall in 1997, who holds the franchise records for the most goals (404) and points (861). Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, selected in 1994, established himself as an NHL regular in 2000–01 when he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. He went on to win 293 games in San Jose. Jonathan Cheechoo is the only Sharks player to score 50 goals in a season; his total of 56 in 2005–06 earned him the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League's top goal scorer.The team's current captain is Joe Pavelski. Joe Thornton, future Hall of Famer, was acquired in a trade with the Boston Bruins in 2005, Thornton won the Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL's top scorer and most valuable player, respectively in his first season in San Jose. He has appeared in three NHL All-Star Games while a member of the Sharks, and won a gold medal competing for Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

List of Stanley Cup Finals officials

Before the Stanley Cup playoffs, a list of forty on-ice officials are named to work: Twenty referees and twenty linesmen. They are paired up in each round, traveling and working together between the series. Usually, they are never assigned to work two games between two teams they have already seen. This does not apply if a series reaches seven games, or at any point in time beginning in the third round. If a game seven is reached, those who have been assigned to work in the next round will call the series-deciding game. If at any time a referee or linesman is injured or unable to work, there is a standby official; he is there in the event that one of the officials cannot continue in the game.

Throughout the playoffs, the list of officials is minimized.

During the second round, twenty-four officials (twelve referees and twelve linesmen) work games.

During the third round, sixteen officials (eight referees and eight linesmen) work games.In the Stanley Cup playoffs, the list is reduced to eight officials: Four referees and four linesmen. They are named as Stanley Cup Finals officials. They are still in pairs, who will work every other game (even numbered and odd numbered). If the Stanley Cup final reaches a game seven, the top four will be assigned to officiate the game; they may not have been paired during the finals.

NBC Sports Radio

NBC Sports Radio is a sports radio network that debuted on September 4, 2012. The network content is produced by NBC Sports Group and distributed by Westwood One, which is the corporate successor to the remains of the original NBC Radio Network that was dissolved in the 1980s. NBC Sports Radio is available through over 300 affiliates throughout the United States as of September 2013, as well as through live streaming on NBCSportsRadio.com, NBCSports.com, WestwoodOneSports.com, and the affiliates' websites. Its launch made NBC the last major broadcast network with a sports radio network to complement its sports division. On January 1, 2019, NBC Sports Radio switched from a 24/7 full-time network feed to a service featuring sports newsfeeds and syndicated offerings.

NHL Radio

NHL Radio is the official national radio broadcaster of the National Hockey League, covering the Stanley Cup Finals, both Conference Finals, selected early round playoff action, the All-Star Game, the NHL Winter Classic and a selected number of regular-season games. The package is distributed by Westwood One and premiered in the 1993-94 season. This arrangement lasted through the end of the 2007-08 season until it was relaunched for the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, through the network's NBC Sports Radio service. The contract was continued for the 2016-17 season with a playoff game of the week, both conference finals, the Stanley Cup finals, the Winter Classic and select regular season games being added.

National Hockey League on the radio

As with most professional sports, ice hockey is broadcast both on radio and television. This article will focus on the former, and radio broadcasts of the National Hockey League.

Patric Hörnqvist

Patric Gösta Hörnqvist (pronounced [ˈpɑːtrɪk ²hœːɳkvɪst]; born 1 January 1987) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Nashville Predators.

Hörnqvist won his first Stanley Cup championship when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. In 2017, Hörnqvist scored the Cup-winning goal against his former team, as the Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions.

Paul Martin (ice hockey)

Paul Joseph Martin (born March 5, 1981) is an American retired ice hockey defenseman. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round, 62nd overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, playing six seasons for the organization before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010 and later the San Jose Sharks in 2015.

Pierre Racicot

Pierre Racicot (born February 15, 1967 in Verdun, Quebec) is a National Hockey League linesman, who wears uniform number 65. He officiated on April 6, 2007 when Martin Brodeur broke Bernie Parent's single season wins record with his 48th win. He worked the 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2006 Winter Olympics. He was also involved in a controversial play during Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals in which Pierre accidentally set up a pick on Anton Volchenkov which eventually resulted in a goal for the Los Angeles Kings.He reached his milestone 1500th NHL game on January 23, 2016 when the Tampa Bay Lightning visited the Florida Panthers.

Ryan Carpenter

Ryan Carpenter (born January 18, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey center for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL).

SAP Center

The SAP Center at San Jose (originally known as San Jose Arena) is an indoor arena located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, for which the arena has earned the nickname "The Shark Tank". It is also the home to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.

Stanley Cup Finals television ratings

The following is an overview of the television ratings for the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Stanley Cup Finals in both the United States and Canada.

Trevor Daley

Trevor Daley (born October 9, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars, and Chicago Blackhawks.

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