Thursday night was big for Pittsburgh.
But it was also big for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as well.
After the Penguins defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, head coach Mike Sullivan praised four key players that spent parts of this year with the club’s minor-league affiliate: Matt Murray,Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust and Tom Kuhnhackl.
Lest we forget, Sullivan is a WBS guy too. He was coaching in the AHL prior to replacing Mike Johnston midway through the year, and seemed to know his minor league guys — the ‘Baby Pens’ — could produce at the NHL level.
“Those guys were huge,” Sullivan said in his presser. “I told our players after the game that one of the things I really loved about this game was it took every single man in the lineup to win, and everybody made a significant contribution to helping us win, regardless of how many minutes they played.”
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