Letang scored the game-winning goal as the Penguins claimed the Stanley Cup with a 3-1 victory in Game 6 against the Sharks on Sunday. Another fantastic outing for Letang, who led the team with 29:23 of ice time and fired three shots on goal. The 29-year-old was a legit Conn Smythe candidate and finished the postseason with three goals and 15 points in 23 games. The blueliner was a monster in the Cup finals, recording a goal and five points in six games. Letang will once again be a top-tier fantasy defenseman entering the 2016-17 season.
Letang recorded an assist and a game-high 29:08 of ice time Thursday night in a Game 5 loss to the Penguins. Letang has set up a score in all but Game 3 of the series, plus he has 11 hits and five blocks in that span. It's been a great year for the 29-year-old defenseman, as he bagged a career-high 51 apples in the regular season, but there's no doubt that his focus isn't on personal accolades at this point -- the Penguins can hoist Lord Stanley's mug with a win Sunday and that should be Letang's primary concern.
Letang tallied an assist for the second straight game Wednesday against the Sharks. Letang threaded the needle with a nifty pass to Conor Sheary, setting up his overtime game-winner. He has just three power-play helpers in 19 playoff games, but no one has produced for Pittsburgh on the man advantage. Despite a number of maintenance days in the postseason, Letang has only missed one of his team's games -- and that was due to a one-game suspension. Unsurprisingly, the blueliner led his team with 27:41 of ice time in Game 2.
Letang wasn't on the ice for the Penguins' morning skate Monday but he will play in Game 1 against the Sharks in the evening, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. The blueliner missed practice both Sunday and Monday, leading to some concern that he could be unavailable for Game 1. That is evidently not the case, as the Penguins should have all of their regulars as they continue their quest to hoist the Stanley Cup.
Letang was not on the ice for practice Sunday but the team officially deemed his absence a "maintenance day," Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Letang didn't have a reported prior injury and the maintenance day indicates he should be good to go Monday. However, the situation is something worth monitoring to ensure nothing more comes of it on gameday. Unless otherwise noted, it's still best to assume he'll dress for the contest.
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