The @penguins #StanleyCup win unfolds on Twitter

By ‎@chrisdoyle‎

The final whistle has blown on the 2016 #StanleyCup playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) are raising the cup for the 4th time in franchise history after defeating the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) 4-2.


The @penguins brought fans in on the celebration:



As did their players:



@NHL and @NHLonNBCSports featured behind the scene access as well:



Fellow NHL players past and present joined the #StanleyCup convo too:

Top moments stickhandled the conversation on Twitter. Here are the most Tweeted about moments from the #StanleyCup final:

  1. Game 6 ends: @penguins win the #StanleyCup
  2. Sidney Crosby wins Conn Smythe award as MVP of the #StanleyCup playoffs
  3. Patric Hörnqvist scores empty-net goal to seal the Game 6 3-1 victory for the Penguins

These were the top 3 most mentioned @penguins players on Twitter during the #Stanley Cup final, led by Conn Smythe Trophy winner Sidney Crosby:

  1. Sidney Crosby
  2. Evgeni Malkin (@malkin71_)
  3. Phil Kessel (@PKessel81)

The @SanJoseSharks had an amazing season as well and brought fans along for the ride during the playoffs.



These were the most mentioned @SanJoseSharks players during the final:

  1. Martin Jones (@martin_jones31)
  2. Patrick Marleau
  3. Logan Couture (@Logancouture)

Thanks to fans voting on Twitter with #NHL17Pavelski, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (@jpav8) is one of two finalists for the @EASPORTSNHL#NHL17CoverVote:



Here is a list of the 16 teams that qualified for the 2016 #StanleyCup playoffs, ranked by most team account mentions during the postseason. The Penguins, not surprisingly, received the most account mentions of any teams.

  1. @penguins
  2. @SanJoseSharks
  3. @StLouisBlues
  4. @NHLBlackhawks 
  5. @TBLightning
  6. @DallaSstars
  7. @Capitals
  8. @NYIslanders
  9. @PredsNHL
  10. @NYRangers
  11. @DetroitRedWings
  12. @NHLFlyers
  13. @LAKings
  14. @mnwild
  15. @FlaPanthers
  16. @AnaheimDucks

Top @NHL stars also dominated the #StanleyCup playoffs Twitter conversation. Here are the Top Ten most mentioned player Twitter accounts during the postseason:

  1. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars (@TSeguinOfficial)
  2. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins (@malkin71_)
  3. Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks (@Logancouture)
  4. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks (@Burnzie88)
  5. Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks (@martin_jones31)
  6. Conor Sheary, Pittsburgh Penguins (@csheary13)
  7. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (@JonathanToews)
  8. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings (@Datsyuk13)
  9. Joel Ward, San Jose Sharks (@JRandalWard42)
  10. Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators (@mikefisher1212)

We’ll leave you with this Twitter Moments recap of the clinching game: