Celebrate with the Penguins on the ice and with champagne

Once the handshakes were over and the Cup had been skated, it was time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to celebrate on the ice with family and friends before they got to the booze inside the locker room.

Check out some of the moments captured by reporters on the ice and those watching at home as the Penguins celebrated their win.

ON THE ICE…

• Phil Kessel

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Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Best fan reactions on Twitter

Oh fellow puck heads. You never disappoint us.

Right as the Pittsburgh Penguins started shaking off their gloves and mobbing Matt Murray on the ice, the tweets commemorating the night started rolling in. Here are some of our favorites for both the winners and losers.

And we saved the best for last. He may not have won the Conn Smythe, but he’s the MVP of our hearts.

• The most amazing yet at the same time terrifying tweet of the night.

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• Crying Jordan in video form. There are no words.

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NBC, Sharks pay their respects to Gordie Howe (Video)

In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, the NHL opted to move the tribute to Gordie Howe to the beginning of the second period.

Given what we’ve read and heard about Mr. Hockey in the days since his passing, we don’t think he would mind at all. Heck, we doubt he would even expect anyone to pay tribute to this self-described ‘really lucky old farm boy.’

On the scoreboard before the drop of the puck, a brief video played for the crowd in San Jose and the audience at home with former teammates and colleagues speaking about Howe’s legacy.

Players stood and tapped their against the boards and on the ice to show their appreciation of Howe. Fans cheered as they collectively thanked Mr. Hockey for all he contributed to the game.

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NHL pays tribute to Orlando victims with moment of silence (Video)

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It’s become an all too familiar tradition to have a customary moment of silence before games following a tragedy.

On Sunday night in San Jose before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, it was no different.

Perhaps it was the rawness of the shooting in Orlando happening not even 24 hours ago. Perhaps it was the the number of the victims and survivors. Whatever the reason, the normally raucous hockey crowd stayed completely silent for the entirety of the moment of silence.

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In the wake of senseless tragedies such as the one in Orlando, we feel so helpless. We look to sports as a distraction for a few hours from the harsh realities of the world around us.

Stanley Cup Final Game 5: Puck Daddy’s Postgame Awards

(Ed. Note: We’re changing things up for the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead of writing Three Stars as we normally do on game night, we’ll be handing out some postgame awards.)

First Star: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

If it wasn’t for the goaltender, the Sharks would be done and gone. After giving up two goals in 22 seconds in the first, he did the proverbial ‘standing on the head’ to keep his team in it making 44 saves. Check out what could be one of his highlight reel ‘Saves of the Stanley Cup Final’ on Nick Bonino.

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Worst Star AND Best way to jinx a win: NBC

The U.S. rights holder went all in for the introduction to the game, waxing nostalgic about the athletes and champions from the city of Pittsburgh, and how the Penguins would be the first champions since the 1960 Pirates to claim the title in their own city. Mind you, the puck hadn’t even been dropped yet.

It took them approximately five minutes to mention the other team that happened to be playing.

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Stanley Cup Final Game 4: Puck Daddy’s Postgame Awards

(Ed. Note: We’re changing things up for the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead of writing Three Stars as we normally do on game night, we’ll be handing out some postgame awards.)

First Star: Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins

Phil had 9 shot attempts (4 shots on goal, 5 attempts blocked) against the Sharks. He collected two assists. His first was on Ian Cole’s goal. Then he had a beauty of a pass on the power play to Evgeni Malkin to put the Pens ahead by two.

If he’s not already on top of your Conn Smythe list, he should be pretty darn close.

Worst Star: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

He faced 20 shots total. We’ll give him a pass on the Malkin goal because that was just an incredible play. The goal he gave up to Cole in the first period was a MASSIVE rebound he kicked directly to him. Eric Fehr isn’t a sniper by any means but Jones helped him look that way. Just an off night in the solid playoff run of Jones.

Best dressed fan?

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Metallica slays national anthem at Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final (Video)

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The eight time Grammy Award winning band Metallica are Bay Area residents and long time San Jose Sharks fans. They’re often seen at games and taking part in the customary ‘door opening’ for the team that before each game

The Sharks honored the band in January 2015 with ‘Metallica Night.’ Before Game 4, the band had the opportunity to pay its forward on hockey’s biggest stage.

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Stanley Cup Final Game 3: Puck Daddy’s Postgame Awards

(Ed. Note: We’re changing things up for the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead of writing Three Stars as we normally do on game night, we’ll be handing out some postgame awards.)

First Star: Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks

For the second straight game, the Sharks forced overtime. Donskoi assisted on Joel Ward’s game tying goal and netted the game winner with 7:42 left in the first overtime.

Here’s the goal call from Hockey Night in Punjabi.

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Worst Star: NBC

Games 2 and 3 were moved by NBC – the NHL TELEVISION RIGHTS HOLDER IN THE U.S. – from the national broadcast to NBCSN.

The move for Game 2 was to allow for the premiere of American Ninja Warrior. As for Game 3? Only thing that was on NBC when the puck dropped was Dateline (on the East Coast) and the local news (on the West Coast).

Linda Cohn, anchor for Sportscenter on ESPN and fellow puckhead, summed it up best.

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Too bad her employer wouldn’t ante up the cash for the rights in the first place. But hey, at least they’ll have the World Cup of Hockey…?

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Where’d you go Joe? Match lines at home could spark Pavelski

Prior to reaching the Stanley Cup Final, San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski had 22 points in 18 playoff games.

Since the series started he’s had exactly zero points in two games. He’s totaled 8 shot attempts in the entire series. Yes, it’s only been two games, but something is happening.

Could it be a matter of something the Pittsburgh Penguins are doing right or something the Sharks aren’t doing?

“I think it’s a little combination of both,” said Sharks coach Pete Deboer on a conference call Thursday. “I think they’ve done a good job of taking away our time and space, particularly of our better players. I think everyone tries to do that to the other team.  So I think you have to give them some credit for that.

“I also think there’s some things we can do better as a group.  We’ll regroup here, have a good practice [Friday], try and get fixed.”

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Stanley Cup Final Game 2: Puck Daddy’s Postgame Awards

(Ed. Note: We’re changing things up for the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead of writing Three Stars as we normally do on game night, we’ll be handing out some post-game awards.)

First Star: Conor Sheary, Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins forward scored the game winning goal in overtime to give them a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. We can turn to the only source that calls game winning goals the best in the playoffs: Hockey Night in Punjabi.

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Worst Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

It’s not that Couture had a horrible game. He did have an assist on the game tying Justin Braun goal. It’s what he said afterward that made it seem a bit like sour grapes.

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We’re not saying Sidney Crosby is an angel; far from it. Couture could just be reacting to the emotion of losing a second straight game in the Stanley Cup Final.

Head to head against Crosby in Game 2, he was 1 for 4 on the faceoff dot. One of their four faceoffs came in the defensive zone, which Couture lost. The other three came in the neutral zone with Couture winning one.

What we know for sure: this will debated ad nauseum until Game 3 in San Jose on Saturday.

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