Rust lifts Penguins past Bruins, 4-3 in overtime

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust flipped a backhander past Tuukka Rask 1:24 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Racing down the slot, Rust took a swipe at Evgeni Malkin’s centering pass and the puck fluttered by Rask to give the Penguins their seventh straight victory. Conor Sheary, Nick Bonino and Justin Schultz also scored for Pittsburgh. Matt Murray stopped 41 of the 44 shots he faced to improve to 10-0-1 in his last 11 home starts.

Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh improved to 20-7-3 to take the overall NHL lead with 43 points.

David Pastrnak picked up his 19th goal for the Bruins. Brad Marchand and David Krejci also scored for the Bruins. Rask played spectacularly at times and finished with 33 saves.


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