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WATCH: Penguins Break Power-Play Curse With Bryan Rust Goal



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PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 24: Pittsburgh Penguins Right Wing Bryan Rust (17) celebrates after scoring a goal on New York Rangers Goalie Igor Shesterkin (31) during the second period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers on January 24, 2021, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have fixed their power-play problem at least for Sunday. Bryan Rust broke a 0-for-21 power-play skid by the Penguins and scored the team’s first goal on the man advantage in eight games. Here’s a look at it:

It all started after Sidney Crosby won a faceoff and then Kris Letang found Rust wide open at the side of the net for the goal. Rust has been on a heater as he now has a point in five of his last six games. He now has five goals on the season as he also scored the Penguins’ opening goal in the first period.

Part of this has to do with Rust being elevated to the Crosby line after he was on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Jason Zucker. That being said, he’s also been one of their best players overall as he led the team in goals last season with 27.

After this goal, the Penguins then got their first multi-goal lead of the season, thanks to Crosby’s other winger. Jake Guentzel made the game 4-2 halfway through the period after the Penguins were cycling in Washington’s end. It was Guentzel’s fifth goal of the season after he had an assist earlier in the game. Here’s a look at that tally:

Bryan Rust, power-play sniper. Who would have thought it?

This is the second time the Pittsburgh Penguins have scored four or more goals on Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek this season. They put five on him when the two teams last played on Jan. 19. Crosby ended up getting the overtime winner for the Penguins after they had the puck the entire period.

Brandon Tanev has the other goal for the Penguins in this game (the one that made it 2-1) while Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov have scored for Washington.