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Some players excel in the regular season, some are power play specialists and others are clutch playoff performers. Bryan Rust is the latter.
The 24-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins forward scored two goals en route to a 5-2 series-clinching victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, and it was his third career two-goal playoff game.
Rust now has 10 career playoff goals and three assists in a respectable 28 games (.46 PPG), whereas in 112 regular season games spanning three years he has 20 goals and 21 assists (.36 PPG).
Of course some of his playoff success has to be attributed to all-star linemates in Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, who both had excellent performances in the series-deciding win.
Midway through the first period Kessel fired a shot past the blocker side of Vezina Trophy favourite Sergei Bobrovsky and it found its way inside the post to open up the game’s scoring. The marker also kept Kessel in the race with Alex Ovechkin for best current playoff scorer.
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