Rust scored all of the Penguins' goals in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Blackhawks. The 26-year-old hadn't found the back of the net in 21 games prior to Wednesday's eruption, managing only four assists over that stretch. Rust's spot on the third line doesn't provide him with a lot of opportunities to get his name on the scoresheet, and he now has just four goals and 10 points on the season.
Rust has failed to register a point in six consecutive games. After setting career highs in assists (25) and points (38) last season, expectations were high for Rust heading into the 2018-19 campaign. Unfortunately, the winger has struggled to produce and is in danger of missing the 20-point mark this year. The 26-year-old has moved all over the lineup, but so far no combination has been able to provide him with the spark he needs to jump-start his season.
Rust had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 9-1 win over Calgary. Rust's first goal of the season made it 3-0 in the final minute of the first period, and he logged a helper on Phil Kessel's second-period tally to make it 6-0. Unfortunately for Rust's owners, he couldn't keep the pattern going and was nowhere to be found on Pittsburgh's ninth goal in the third. Rust will likely pick up the scoring pace after potting 15 goals in 2016-17 and 13 goals last season, but the Penguins will be fine even if he doesn't.
Rust picked up his first point of the season in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Rust helped get the puck out of the defensive zone to break Kris Letang for an empty-net goal that sealed the Pens victory. For now, the winger seems to have been promoted to the top line alongside Sidney Crosby, which should bolster his chances of compiling additional points as long as he remains in that role.
Rust failed to register a point in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver. It's early so being without a point is still not a huge cause for concern. Nonetheless, Rust's owners had to have hoped for a better start than the one the 26-year-old forward has delivered them. Pointless in five games and playing to a minus-4 rating, Rust has been a no show early on and even saw a season-low 13:30 of ice time Tuesday night. He'll look to open his account Thursday when the Penguins visit Toronto.
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