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Watch: Rodrigues & Rust Net Hat Tricks, Bjorkqvist Scores First NHL Goal



Pittsburgh Penguins, Evan Rodrigues, Kasper Bjorkqvist

Despite an early Sunday start, the Pittsburgh Penguins came to play as they scored eight goals in the victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was a game of firsts as Evan Rodrigues picked up his first career NHL hat trick and rookie Kasper Bjorkvist netted his first career NHL goal.

Bryan Rust, in his first game back following a lower-body injury (Nov. 24), picked up a hat trick as well in the win.

Rodrigues, who was just activated out of COVID-19 protocol, made his presence known just over a minute in.

His 11th of the season showed off his patience, as on a rush he took the time and space given to him, as he cut to the middle and waited patiently before he beat San Jose netminder James Reimer blocker side.

His second of the game and 12th of the season gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead, just over four minutes into the contest.

A quick pass by Danton Heinen found Rodrigues all alone in front of Reimer, as a quick backhand gave him his second of the game, 12th of the season, and the Penguins a 3-0 lead.


As San Jose stormed back in the third, Rodrigues picked up his 13th of the season and third of the contest as he gave the Penguins a 7-5 lead with just around three minutes to go in the third period.

While on the power play, Rodrigues let a shot go from the top of the left circle that beat San Jose netminder Zach Sawchenko through a screen.


Not to be overlooked by the big offensive performances of Rodrigues and Rust, Bjorkqvist tallied the Penguins’ fifth goal of the game and his first in the NHL.

With under four minutes to play in period one, Pittsburgh forward Radim Zohorna fed the puck in the low slot from behind the San Jose net as finished off the play for his first career NHL goal in his first career NHL game.

Bjorkqvist was able to sneak the puck five-hole on Reimer to give Pittsburgh a 5-1 lead.


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6 months ago

Just as it’s all about the playoffs , a game is about 60 minutes. Let’s wait and see.

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
6 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Yawn. Same old Katz. Give it a rest.

6 months ago

That Zahorna pass looks really familiar. He did that last year from the other side of the net to set up a goal. He definitely has good hands and seems to play a smart game down low.

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