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Bryan Rust scores oddly familiar goal on Semyon Varlamov in Game 2

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Rust’s goal was eerily similar to a goal scored on Varlamov in 2009.

New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Two Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

When Bryan Rust beat Semyon Varlamov on his glove-side during the first period of last night’s Penguins/Islanders game, a lot of people were likely feeling a sense of Déjà vu — like they had seen that goal scored before.

If you were feeling that, you’d be right.

The goal that Rust scored was oddly, eerily, and almost identically similar to a goal scored by another Penguins player over a decade ago.

Rust’s goal was a little more direct and had a little more zip on it, but tell me it wasn’t almost identical to the goal Ruslan Fedotenko scored on Varlamov in Game 4 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals when the Penguins played the Capitals.

Have a look for yourself:

These are the kind of things you can’t make up when it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In the Penguins’ case, goaltending like this from Varlamov would go a long way in helping potentially make this a shorter series than it needs to be.