Bryan Rust scored two goals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Thursday night.

Rust put Pittsburgh ahead to stay when he scored his ninth of the season 8:12 into the third period. Rust has at least one goal in five of his last six games, including the game-winner one night earlier when the Penguins defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on the road.

Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel picked off a Greg Pateryn pass behind the net, and centered to the slot where Rust slipped a shot between Devan Dubnyk’s pads.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cullen (7) tries to control the puck as Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) and Jason Zucker, right, defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cullen (7) tries to control the puck as Minnesota Wild’s Jared Spurgeon (46) and Jason Zucker, right, defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) and Minnesota Wild's Greg Pateryn go for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Patric Hornqvist (72) and Minnesota Wild’s Greg Pateryn go for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel (59) crashes into Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (59) crashes into Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Casey DeSmith, bottom, stops the puck in front of Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle (3) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Casey DeSmith, bottom, stops the puck in front of Minnesota Wild’s Charlie Coyle (3) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) and Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund (64) battle along the boards for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) and Minnesota Wild’s Mikael Granlund (64) battle along the boards for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Source: The Associated Press

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