The top team in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins, notched a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning with contributions from rookies Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin, both of whom scored their first NHL goal.
Rust was the first of the Penguins’ rookies to light the lamp in this game. Early in the second period with the score tied at one, the Lightning became a little sloppy with the puck around their own net. Penguins’ forward Andrew Ebbett took advantage of a miscue by Brian Boyle, sending a pass from the side of the net into the slot to Rust, who buried a shot past Lightning goaltender Evgeny Nabokov for the 2-1 lead.
In the third period with the Penguins now leading 3-1, Pittsburgh forward Steve Downie gained control of the puck behind the Lightning net and sent a pass back to Dumoulin at the right point. Dumoulin fired a shot towards the Lightning net that deflected off of defenseman Victor Hedman and past Nabokov to give the Penguins a commanding 4-1 lead.
Rust and Dumoulin are both products of NCAA hockey and are currently on a call-up from the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Rust completed his college career at the University of Notre Dame back in March and has been effective for the AHL Penguins in the early going of the 2014-15 season. Dumoulin played for Boston College in his NCAA days, but is now in his third season of pro hockey and is part of a solid group of defensive prospects in the Penguins’ stable.
First NHL Goal Pucks from tonight’s game – #36 Bryan Rust and #8 Brian Dumoulin – pucks were given to the players. pic.twitter.com/Yu4GTPNuch
— Dana Heinze (@RealDanaHeinze) December 16, 2014
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