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The Stanley Cup visits Wilkes-Barre

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The Penguins’ AHL team had everything to do with winning the Cup.

It’s undeniable how huge a role the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins played in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup win.

Just ask Scott Wilson, Oskar Sundqvist, Kevin Porter, or even Derrick Pouliot, who split time between both clubs; whose presences were necessary on the NHL team when injuries struck. The Penguins don’t win the Stanley Cup without making the playoffs with their regular season play to begin with.

Better yet, ask Tom Kuhnhackl, who played with Pittsburgh not just in the regular season, but for every game in the playoffs. Ask Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary, who got 19 playoff points between them.

Ask Matt Murray, who played 31 games in the AHL before going on to winning the Stanley Cup as his team’s starting goaltender.

And of course, ask Mike Sullivan, who got an unexpected promotion in December - and ran with it.

It’s only right the Stanley Cup takes a trip to Wilkes-Barre; without the farm team, the Penguins wouldn’t have won anything.