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Penguins’ Malkin looks forward to a summer like no other

Tribune-Review
| Monday, June 13, 2016 2:21 a.m

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Baby. Cup. Wife.

Good luck trying to top Evgeni Malkin’s summer. Especially since his summer will also include a 30th birthday bash.

And where will that be?

“Moscow? Pittsburgh? All places,” Malkin said Sunday night while celebrating a second Stanley Cup victory with the Penguins.

Though he failed to register a point (and, in fact, registered a minus-1 rating) in the Penguins’ 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center, Malkin made his mark on another Stanley Cup Final. He finished the six games in the series with a couple of goals and an assist, giving him 14 points in 19 career Cup Final contests.

Not bad for somebody who went without a point in his first four Cup Final games.

It was not long ago that Malkin wondered what he could contribute to these Penguins. Damaged elbow ligaments that forced him to miss the final month of the regular season at times limited his ability to control and shoot pucks. Also, the wingers he had played with before the injury – Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel – belonged to another center when Malkin returned for Game 2 of Round 1.

A talk with coach Mike Sullivan did Malkin a world of good before his return. During the conversation, Sullivan flatly told Malkin that he was an important part of the Penguins.

Also (and Malkin reiterated on Sunday night that he had needed to hear this from his coach), Sullivan said why Malkin was important.

“Yeah, Mike says, ‘You’re great player who can make points with everybody,’” Malkin said.

“If he doesn’t tell me (that), maybe I lose confidence for good. I don’t know.”

By the Cup Final, Malkin was playing on a line with wingers Chris Kunitz and Bryan Rust. The former is the Penguins’ eldest holdover from their 2009 Cup club. The latter began the season – along with Sullivan and a handful of other key contributors – in the AHL.

Both wingers, however, fit with Malkin by sticking to a north-south style of hockey. Malkin conceded that his wingers’ consistency in their game settled him during the times when his injury was on his mind.

A lot was on his mind.

His fiancée, Anna Kasterova, was pregnant. Malkin knew that a boy would be born during the Cup Final. Nikita arrived the day before Game 2 against San Jose. After the contest, upon returning to a Pittsburgh hospital, Malkin hurriedly ran from door to door before finally finding an after-hours entrance.

He spent that morning with his loves. When the Penguins arrived in San Jose last weekend, Malkin spent much of his free time checking on Anna and Nikita via video conferencing.

Though Malkin and Kasterova are Russians, Nikita is a dual citizen of Russia and the United States. But, as Malkin proudly noted during the Cup Final, “he is Pittsburgh(er).”

Can Nikita expect to spend some time in the Cup’s bowl on Malkin’s day with Stanley’s chalice? The smile on Malkin’s face gave away the answer he would not share.

What Malkin did share is that he plans to spend much of his summer in Pittsburgh, where he and Kasterova will be married.

As for Malkin’s Cup day, he is hoping it can again be July 31. That’s his birthday. Seven years ago, he spent it with the Cup, family and friends in his Russian hometown of Magnitogorsk.

The plan for this summer is to throw a party in Moscow, where Malkin and best friend (and Penguins defenseman development coach) Sergei Gonchar own apartments.

“I’m very proud of how they have developed,” Gonchar said of Malkin and fellow Penguins’ franchise center Sidney Crosby. “They’ve become great players, which of course we all knew was going to happen. But they’ve also become great leaders.

“I think they’ve done everything that is necessary to win the Cup. I mean, if you look at them, sacrificing the goals. Now they’ve become men.”

What cannot be ignored of Malkin’s 10th NHL season is the growth he showed as an outspoken member of an organization he loves. It was Malkin who publicly called attention to perceived problems after an early-season loss at New Jersey. It was, he said, a low point of his tenure.

“It was a great year, but a tough year,” Malkin said on Sunday night. “I’ve lost (a) lot of energy, (had) a lot of emotion.

“I’m glad the season is over like this. I’m (getting) married. My son. It’s a great summer.”

Rob Rossi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.


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The Penguins' Pascal Dupuis hoists the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Chris Kunitz hoists the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin celebrate with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The cup on the ice Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Penguins goaltender Matt Murray skates with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist skates with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin enjoy the celebration after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Sharks fans stand outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Sharks fans stand outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Sharks fans outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in San Jose, Calif.
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A young Sharks fan holds up an inflatable cup outside the SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Sharks fans outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose Calif.
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Penguins fans gather outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins take the ice for warm-ups before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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The Penguins take the ice for warm-ups before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Chris Hankin (right) and Anthony Rack of Bethel Park cheer during the Stanley Cup Final Game 6 watch party held at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Carl Hayson (left) and Tyler Kuhn of Wexford react after the Penguins' first goal against the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The two were viewing the game at Consol Energy Center's watch party Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Jefferson Draper of Cranberry reacts during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks at the indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Fans watch the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final during the indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Ashley Abdulovic of Morningside watches Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks at an indoor watch party inside Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Debbie and James Martin of Clearfield react with their grandson Paxton, 6, after the Pens missed a chance to score during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Martins were at the public watch party held at Consol Energy Center.
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Jim McDonough of Cranberry reacts with his kids Madison, 17, and Coleman, 12, after a scoring chance during the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks from a Game 6 indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Reese Redshaw, 16, of McCandless reacts with her dad Sean after the Sharks scored in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks at an indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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David Sheedy (center) jumps up with Clair Hann, both of Greensburg, after the Penguins score their second goal against the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. The two were viewing the game inside the Consol Energy Center watch party for fans.
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Red light from the final buzzer illuminates Mike Cummings of Overbrook as he hoists his homemade Stanley Cup during the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks during an indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin celebrate with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin enjoy the celebration after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin take the ice against the Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Evgeni Malkin celebrates in the locker room after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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The Penguins pose for a team photo with the Stanley Cup after winning Game 6 against the Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby hoists the Stanley Cup after Game 6 against the Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates with Kris Letang after Letang's goal against the Sharks during the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Conor Sheary celebrates with Brian Dumoulin after Domoulin's goal against the Sharks during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins owner Mario Lemieux holds the Stanley Cup after the Penguins defeated the Sharks in Game 6 on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. Lemieux has won four Cups, two as a player, two as an owner.
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Sidney Crosby and his family pose with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Phil Kessel skates with the Stanley Cup after a Game 6 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang skates with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby raises the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chris Kunitz kisses the Stanley Cup after a victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby holds the Conn Smythe Trophy for winning the Stanley Cup MVP after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, the Conn Smythe winner, holds the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The family of Penguins owner Mario Lemieux watches after the Pens won the Stanley Cup with a victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 on June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Pascal Dupuis skates with the Stanley Cup after Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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The Penguins celebrate Brian Domoulin's goal against the Sharks during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Sharks goaltender Martin Jones makes a save on the Penguins' Sidney Crosby during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin take the ice against the Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist celebrates Kris Letang's goal against the Sharks during the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates with Kris Letang after Letang's goal against the Sharks during the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Sharks goaltender Martin Jones makes a save during the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and his family celebrate Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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The Penguins' Pascal Dupuis hoists the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Chris Kunitz hoists the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin celebrate with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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The cup on the ice Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Penguins goaltender Matt Murray skates with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist skates with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin enjoy the celebration after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins fans gather outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Sharks fans outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose Calif.
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Sharks fans stand outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Sharks fans stand outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Sharks fans outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in San Jose, Calif.
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A young Sharks fan holds up an inflatable cup outside the SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Sharks fans outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose Calif.
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Penguins fans gather outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Penguins fans gather outside SAP Center before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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The Penguins take the ice for warm-ups before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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The Penguins take the ice for warm-ups before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Chris Hankin (right) and Anthony Rack of Bethel Park cheer during the Stanley Cup Final Game 6 watch party held at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Carl Hayson (left) and Tyler Kuhn of Wexford react after the Penguins' first goal against the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The two were viewing the game at Consol Energy Center's watch party Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Jefferson Draper of Cranberry reacts during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks at the indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Fans watch the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final during the indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Ashley Abdulovic of Morningside watches Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks at an indoor watch party inside Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Debbie and James Martin of Clearfield react with their grandson Paxton, 6, after the Pens missed a chance to score during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Martins were at the public watch party held at Consol Energy Center.
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Jim McDonough of Cranberry reacts with his kids Madison, 17, and Coleman, 12, after a scoring chance during the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks from a Game 6 indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Reese Redshaw, 16, of McCandless reacts with her dad Sean after the Sharks scored in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks at an indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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David Sheedy (center) jumps up with Clair Hann, both of Greensburg, after the Penguins score their second goal against the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. The two were viewing the game inside the Consol Energy Center watch party for fans.
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Red light from the final buzzer illuminates Mike Cummings of Overbrook as he hoists his homemade Stanley Cup during the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks during an indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Fans at an indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center react as the Penguins win the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Kateryna Kocelko and Hannah Hutchin of Castle Shannon react during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks at a watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Mike Cummings of Overbrook pours his dad Dan a beer in his homemade Stanley Cup during the Stanley Cup Final, between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks, at a Game 6 indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Kateryna Kocelko of Castle Shannon reacts during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and the San Jose Sharks at a watch party at Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Zachary Janney of South Fayette and his girlfriend Stephanie Neander of Elizabeth watch the Penguins win the Stanley Cup on the big screen at Consol Energy Center, Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans head to their seats at Consol Energy Center for a watch party for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans head to their seats at Consol Energy Center for a watch party for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans start to arrive at Consol Energy Center to watch the Penguins game against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans look out the windows of Consol Energy Center prior to the Penguins game at the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans arrive at Consol Energy Center for a watch party for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans arrive at Consol Energy Center for a watch party for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans celebrate during a watch party held at Consol Energy Center after the Pens' first goal against the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans celebrate after the Pens' first goal of the Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final during an indoor watch party at Consol Energy Center on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans watch Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks during a watch party held at Consol Energy Center on June 12, 2016.
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Fans celebrate after the Penguins' second goal in Game 6 during a watch party at Consol Energy Center on June 12, 2016.
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A makeshift Stanley Cup rests near Penguins fans during a watch party of Game 6 on June 12, 2016 at Consol Energy Center.
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A Penguins fan anguishes a missed goal opportunity during a watch party at Consol Energy Center during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans wait anxiously in the waning moments of the Stanley Cup game during a watch party at Consol Energy Center on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans celebrate during a watch party at Consol Energy Center to see the Penguins win the Stanley Cup on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans celebrate during a watch party at Consol Energy Center to watch the Penguins win the Stanley Cup on June 12, 2016.
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Penguins fans celebrate during a watch party at Consol Energy Center as Sidney Crosby raises the Stanley Cup on June 12, 2016.
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Natalie Greco, left, 34, and Jason Gmuer, 37, sit with their inflatable Stanley Cup as they wait to watch Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Urban Tap on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Buildings along Carson Street are reflected in sunglasses of an inflatable Stanley Cup at Urban Tap on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016. 'I have run amuck on Carson Street for every championship,' said Natalie Greco, 34, of the South Side, who brought the Cup with her to watch Game 6.
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Breanna Kreutzer, right, 24, of Morgantown, walks down Carson Street in the South Side with her arm around her friend Shanna Franceschelli, 24, of Allison Park, as they make their way to watch Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Damarrell Alexander, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., reacts as confetti falls from the ceiling at Carson City Saloon on the South Side after the Penguins score their second goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Aaron McAdam (center), 27, of Allentown reacts while watching Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Carson City Saloon on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Aaron McAdam, 27, of Allentown celebrates after the Penguins score a goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final while watching at the Carson City Saloon on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Brandon Keenan, 33, of Monroeville drinks from an imitation Stanley Cup as he watches Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Carson City Saloon on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Emily Hartman, 27, of Sewickley reacts as the Penguins miss a chance at a goal during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final as she watches next to Doug Maust, 27, of Ross at Carson City Saloon on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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People walk through the South Side in their Penguins gear as Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final plays at bars along Carson Street on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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People erupt in cheers as the Penguins win the Stanley Cup as they watch at the Carson City Saloon on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Jay Wkak, 31, of the South Side, hoists an imitation Stanley Cup over the crowd at Carson City Saloon on the South Side as the Penguins win the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
People celebrate the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup along Carson Street on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
People celebrate the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup along Carson Street on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
People celebrate the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup along Carson Street on the South Side on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Patrick Connolly | Tribune-Review
Frank Russo (left) joins his sister, Nina Russo, and cousin Nick Casino, all of Jeannette, for a meal before the Penguins game at Cupka's Cafe II on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in the South Side. Frank made the homemade Stanley Cup out of a five-gallon bucket, PVC pipes and a mixing bowl.
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Patrick Connolly | Tribune-Review
Sheldon Ingram of WTAE interviews Alexander Burval of Beaver in between the second and third periods of the Penguins game during a gathering at Hemingway's Cafe in Oakland on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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Patrick Connolly | Tribune-Review
John Firestone of Donegal watches intently during third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Hemingway's Cafe in Oakland.
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Patrick Connolly | Tribune-Review
John Firestone (left) of Donegal, Evan Wright (center) of Oakland and Brent Krysinski of Bellevue celebrate after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Hemingway's Cafe in Oakland.
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Patrick Connolly | Tribune-Review
Michael Long of Brighton Heights takes a drink out of a tiny Stanley Cup after the Penguins won Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Hemingway's Cafe in Oakland.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins pose for a team photo with the Stanley Cup after winning Game 6 against the Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby hoists the Stanley Cup after Game 6 against the Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates with Kris Letang after Letang's goal against the Sharks during the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Conor Sheary celebrates with Brian Dumoulin after Domoulin's goal against the Sharks during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux holds the Stanley Cup after the Penguins defeated the Sharks in Game 6 on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. Lemieux has won four Cups, two as a player, two as an owner.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Sidney Crosby and his family pose with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Phil Kessel skates with the Stanley Cup after a Game 6 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang skates with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby raises the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Chris Kunitz kisses the Stanley Cup after a victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby holds the Conn Smythe Trophy for winning the Stanley Cup MVP after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, the Conn Smythe winner, holds the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The family of Penguins owner Mario Lemieux watches after the Pens won the Stanley Cup with a victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 on June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pascal Dupuis skates with the Stanley Cup after Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins celebrate Brian Domoulin's goal against the Sharks during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Sharks goaltender Martin Jones makes a save on the Penguins' Sidney Crosby during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin take the ice against the Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist celebrates Kris Letang's goal against the Sharks during the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates with Kris Letang after Letang's goal against the Sharks during the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Sharks goaltender Martin Jones makes a save during the second period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and his family celebrate Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose Calif.
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