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Bryan Rust remains a complete 20 goals behind Alex Ovechkin for the NHL ahead of goals.
However, at this rate, Rust should be a lock for the Rocket Richard Trophy. And can the franchise's record of Mario Lemieux really not reach?
Rust got the same goals Thursday to give him eight of his past six games and led Pittsburgh Penguins to a victory for the second consecutive night, 2-1against Minnesota Wild.
Rust has many goals in the regular season over the past nine days as he had last 315 days. He has one of 29 games this season and his past 35 appearances in the last season of general until his hat trick. 12 in Chicago.
For more perspective, prior to his recent splurge, Rust had many of his previous 57 regular season games.
"I have no clue," said Rust, in a stupid insult while not trying to explain his warm illustrations. "I also do not know how to explain 1 to 29 to start the year. Sometimes that's how hockey."
The winner of the Rust came with 11 minutes, 48 seconds remaining in the regulation, and it marked the Second time in a 24-hour time he broke a 1-1 tie in winning goals. Wednesday, he is credited with the winner late in the second season of a win at the Washington Capitals.
"It's now in its place," said coach Mike Sullivan, "and we're happy for him."
Penguins empowered by killing 97 seconds of Minnesota play time after a minor hooking was assessed on Juuso Riikola with 3 minutes and 37 seconds remaining in regulation.
The win is not the most fashionable season, or even one of the better games played by the Penguins. But in context, this is a wonderful one since it is the back end of a back-to-back journey along with a high-intensity victory over a bitter rival division. During these times, the Penguins fought teams with profiles such as Wild (3-7-0 in their last 10).
"I thought that's our biggest challenge to get reinvest after real emotional games last night," Sullivan says. "That game has a playoff feeling, but our guys came with a lot of energy (Thursday)."
Despite allowing Jordan Greenway a first-half goal, Casey DeSmith made 41 saves to improve 8-2 -2 with a .933 save percentage at home this season.
The Penguins improved to 7-2-1 both in their last 10 general and their previous 10 at PPG Paints Arena.
Rust's goals are not particularly at the level of difficulty in his part; both set up from Jake Guenztel. At first, perhaps the second aid could be credited to the Wild Goalie Devan Dubnyk, who (incidentally) came out delivering what ended a perfect pass to Guentzel after he had gone behind his own net to re- play a pack of 7 ½ minutes remaining the second time.
The Rust's goal was extended in four games. The winner came as Rust cruised down the slot without any hindrance from a Minnesota defender, and Guentzel set him up to slap it past Dubnyk. Guentzel came from the left wing and behind the net, which appears to set up a wraparound attempt.
"The first, it's not easier than that," says Rust. "And secondly, I dropped in the middle screaming and saw me (Guentzel)."
That is a theme in recent days for Rust. Her goal on Wednesday, for example, was first considered at Sidney Crosby before further study seemed to be that Rust was the last Penguin to hold the pack.
Then, after no goal for more than a quarter of a season (21 games) before it arrives, Rust probably deserves some luck.
"Many of these have not been the best goals – but he's in the right place at the right time," DeSmith says. "He feels it, he knows where it is, and when he gets there, he finishes. He's always around the net and that's the way he's scoring many goals, so it's good to see."
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.