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Bryan Rust a shining example of perseverance

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: December 31, 2019, 12:45 am ET

The All-Star teams were announced on Monday for the January 25th game in St. Louis, and they go as follows:


David Pastrnak (Boston)

Tuukka Rask (Boston)

Jack Eichel (Buffalo)

Tyler Bertuzzi (Detroit)

Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida)

Shea Weber (Montreal)

Anthony Duclair (Ottawa)

Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay)

Frederik Andersen (Toronto)

Auston Matthews (Toronto)


Dougie Hamilton (Carolina)

Seth Jones (Columbus)

Joonas Korpisalo (Columbus)

Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey)

Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders)

Artemi Panarin (New York Rangers)

Travis Konecny (Philadelphia)

Jake Guentzel (Pittsburgh)

John Carlson (Washington)

Braden Holtby (Washington)


Patrick Kane (Chicago)

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado)

Tyler Seguin (Dallas)

Eric Staal (Minnesota)

Roman Josi (Nashville)

Jordan Binnington (St. Louis)

Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis)

Ryan O'Reilly (St. Louis)

Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg)

Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg)


Jakob Silfverberg (Anaheim)

Darcy Kuemper (Arizona)

Mark Giordano (Calgary)

Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary)

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton)

Connor McDavid (Edmonton)

Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles)

Logan Couture (San Jose)

Elias Pettersson (Vancouver)

Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas)

There were plenty of deserving players not invited to the game but the NHL wants at least one representative per team so there were going to be plenty of disappointments,

Alex Ovechkin was named captain of the Metropolitan Division but he is declining to play and will have to serve a one-game suspension for not going. While it is easy to understand why it’s easier to rest and get ready for the remainder of the season, this game is one of the NHL’s showcases and everyone needs to be in St. Louis to celebrate the game. Perhaps a five-game suspension will make certain players take notice, although some may look at it as another needed break before the playoffs begin.

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Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist as the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 in the only game on Monday.

It may have been a costly win for Pittsburgh as Jake Guentzel left the game in the third period, holding his right arm after scoring and then crashing into the end boards. Guentzel also had a pair of assists in the contest as he leads the Penguins in scoring with 20 goals and 43 points. He tripped over Ottawa blueliner Thomas Chabot before putting the puck into the net. More information is expected after practice Tuesday according to coach Mike Sullivan.

Dominik Simon and Patric Hornqvist also scored for Pittsburgh.

Tristan Jarry, who has become the Penguins number one netminder, relegating Matt Murray to the bench on most nights, kicked out 24 shots for his sixth straight win. The netminder is 13-5-0 with a 1.8 GAA and a .938 save percentage and if you were lucky enough to draft him, or the more likely scenario, take him off the waiver wire, you did well, as he is one of the top goalies in the NHL at this time.

Another huge surprise this season has been the play of Bryan Rust who had another big night with a pair of assists and 12 penalty minutes. Rust was taken in the third round of the 2010 Draft and after a couple of seasons with over 30 points, he has taken his game to a new level, maybe even two or three levels higher. He has 16 goals and 32 points in 25 games with a plus-18 rating and 22 penalty minutes. He has been white-hot of late with seven goals and 15 points in his last nine games.

Nick Paul had both Ottawa goals and that gives him six this season.

Marcus Hogberg was between the pipes for Ottawa and gave up all five goals on 33 shots. He is 1-2-2 with a 3.43 GAA and a .894 save percentage.

Things got a bit out of hand with 20 seconds left in the game as Brady Tkachuk and Rust picked up a minor as well as a ten-minute misconduct. Mark Borowiecki picked up a misconduct and has 50 penalty minutes in 40 games.

Guentzel had seven shots on goal while Malkin and Hornqvist had five each.

Vladislav Namestnikov had seven hits with Borowiecki picking up six.

Kris Letang was held pointless but was a plus-three on the night. Tkachuk was a minus-three for Ottawa.



Evgeni Malkin – 2

Nick Paul - 2


Bryan Rust - 2

Jake Guentzel – 2

Shots on Goal

Jake Guentzel – 7

Evgeni Malkin – 5

Patric Hornqvist - 5


Vladislav Namestnikov – 7

Mark Borowiecki – 6

Penalty Minutes

Brady Tkachuk – 12

Bryan Rust - 12

Mark Borowiecki - 10

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.