Rust produced a power-play assist and went minus-2 in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3. Rust got on the scoresheet for the third time in the series with his helper on Jason Zucker's first-period tally. With a goal and two helpers in three contests, Rust is showing his regular season numbers -- 27 goals and 29 helpers in 56 games -- weren't a fluke. The 28-year-old winger could make for a solid DFS option Friday.
Rust posted an assist and two PIM in Monday's 3-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 2. Rust found Jake Guentzel in the third period for the latter's empty-net tally to secure the win. Through two games, Rust has a goal, an assist, four shots and four hits. The 28-year-old produced career highs in goals (27) and points (56) in 55 contests during the regular season, and he remains in a top-six role on Evgeni Malkin's line.
Rust scored a power-play goal on two shots in Pittsburgh's overtime defeat to Montreal on Saturday. Rust was able to bang home a loose puck in front of the net on the ice with the No. 2 power-play unit. The winger figures to continue filling a role with the man advantage and could be moved up to the top group if coach Mike Sullivan shuffles the deck on the heals of the club's 1-for-7 performance Saturday.
Rust has 56 points with a team-leading 27 goals and a plus-14 rating in 55 games this season. Despite missing the first 11 games of the season with a hand injury, Rust has kicked his game up to a new level. His 27 goals, 29 assists, plus-14 rating and 151 shots on goal are all new career highs. The 27-year-old Notre Dame product has turned himself into one of the Penguins' most important wingers this season.
Rust scored three goals, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Senators. It's his second three-point performance in 14 games since the beginning of February, but Rust has only two other points (a goal and a helper) during that stretch. Despite his recent erratic production, the 27-year-old winger is now up to 27 goals and 53 points, both career highs, through 51 contests.
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