By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks, 3-1, in the NHL championship game, earning the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup.
That victory came exactly 6 months after coach Mike Johnston was fired and Mike Sullivan was named head coach on December 12th.
“We had the coaching change, and the frustration, and to think we would be holding the Cup is something that a lot of people would have said, ‘You guys are crazy,’” said Ian Cole, Penguins defenseman. “But I think everyone in the (dressing) room knew we had a team.”
Although Penguins captain Sidney Crosby didn’t get any goals in the Stanley Cup Final, he did post 19 points in the playoffs and landed the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.
“Their speed, the pressure they put on with their speed – it’s not just their speed. They have good sticks, too,” said Peter DeBoer, the Sharks coach. “They force you into quicker decisions. They really challenge your execution. We hadn’t seen pressure and sticks like that through the first three rounds.“
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