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Video: Rust opens scoring in Game 7

Bryan Rust scores his fourth goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period of Game 7.

What an Eastern Conference Final for Bryan Rust.

Rust scored his second goal of the series -- and third point in as many games -- to open the scoring on Friday night, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead over the Lighting at Consol.

After scoring just 11 points during the regular season, Rust -- in just his second season at the NHL level -- now has seven points in 16 playoff games, and has emerged as a vital bottom-six contributor in the process.

Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin notched assists on Rust’s goal, which came early in the second period. The Pens out-shot the Bolts 8-5 in the first period, but were unable to get one past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Oh, and speaking of Kunitz, he’s also produced extremely well in this series -- he now has six points in his last five games.