Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH – (Wire Service Report by Sports XChange for Digital Sports Desk) – The third period typically is magic for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. But overtime will do, too. Bryan Rust provided the theatrics Wednesday with his first career overtime goal as the Penguins won their season-high seventh game in a row, 4-3 over the Boston Bruins at PPG Paints Arena.The Penguins twice came back to forge a 1-1 tie after one period and a 2-2 tie after two periods. They improved to 10-7-3 when they trail or are tied going into the third period, thanks to Rust’s backhand flip past Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask and under the crossbar at 1:24 of overtime. Rust converted a feed from Evgeni Malkin.
“The ice wasn’t great in overtime, obviously, after playing a whole game, so I was just trying to catch Rask off-guard, and I was lucky enough to do that. Trying to get it up. It just happened to be kind a little bit lucky.”
Rust has five goals and two assists over his past six games. Malkin extended his point streak at home to 13 games.
The Penguins (20-7-3) also won a season-best sixth straight at home, where they are 13-2-1.
Boston (16-12-3) lost for the fourth time in its past five games, although it got three points on a two-game road trip.
“There’s a pretty strong belief no matter what kind of game it is that we can find a way to win it,” said Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, who did not add to his league-leading total of 21 goals but got an assist to extend his point streak to nine games. “If it’s going to be a tight, low-scoring game, we feel like we can do that and wait for our chances, and if it’s high-scoring, we feel like we can score.”