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Four years ago today: Bryan Rust powers Penguins to a Game 7 win

In this day in Penguins history: Big game Bryan Rust paints a masterpiece

Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Seven Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

This is always a fun time of year for such an accomplished team like the Penguins. Yesterday on May 25th celebrated the anniversary of Pittsburgh’s first Stanley Cup win in 1991, as well as Chris Kunitz’s double overtime Game 7 goal against Ottawa in 2017. Today is another Game 7 memory, courtesy of Bryan Rust.

The old Talbot-ian performance in scoring both goals of a Game 7 win sent the Pens onto the Cup final. Always a glorious sight.

Rust also scored a goal in Game 6 vs Tampa, and would score another goal in Game 1 against San Jose, an important stretch of three wins for the Pens. That capped a six goal postseason for Rust, when as a rookie he only scored four goals in 41 games in the regular season.

Rust started on the fourth line. As you can see in the highlights above, he’s up with Evgeni Malkin on a second line — which is ironically where he has settled in and put up the best numbers of his career this season with 27 goals and 56 points in 55 games this season.

In 2017 Rust would continue to advance his big game reputation, tallying seven more goals in his second postseason in the Pens’ run for back-to-back championships.