The Pittsburgh Penguins, despite a dominant performance in Game 5, couldn’t clinch the Stanley Cup on home ice.
It had been more than 50 years since a major Pittsburgh sports franchise won a championship at home. The Penguins had their chance, but Martin Jones stood in their way. The anticipation had been growing and growing, as a second big screen TV had been added to accommodate excited Pittsburgh fans for that game. Heck, the city of Pittsburgh even re-named a street — for one day at least — after goalie Matt Murray.
While they couldn’t win it all at home, the Penguins went back to San Jose and lifted the Cup following a Game 6 victory over the Sharks.
Thousands of miles back east, fans in Pittsburgh celebrated the team’s second Stanley Cup in eight years. More than 16,000 fans packed the CONSOL Energy Center to witness the victory.