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Saturday could have been a good day for Penguins right winger Bryan Rust for a number of reasons.
First, he was healthy and returning to the lineup after being sidelined for seven games due to a "lower-body" injury. Also, Game 2 of the Penguins' first-round series against the Rangers at Consol Energy Center was his first career playoff game. Finally, he was going to get a chance to play with franchise center Evgeni Malkin.
At the end of the day, he Penguins ended up with a 5-2 loss and Rust's brief tenure Malkin's linemate ended before it began as the Penguins shuffled their lines midway through the second period.
Rust was critical of his own game saying it wasn't 100 percent. He had 6:19 of ice time on 10 shifts, one penalty and one shot which came a breakaway in the second period which Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist snuffed out.
Head coach Mike Sullivan wasn't nearly as harsh in assessing Rust's game:
“I think [Rust] is probably being a little hard on himself," Sullivan said. "I thought his play was fine. He brings an element of speed to our team. I think that was evident. He's strong on the boards. He comes up with a breakaway coming out of the penalty box. For me, I think he had a positive impact on the game."
"One of the things I really like about [Rust] is that he really wants to win. When things don't go the way we want to go, he's one of the first guys that looks in the mirror and that's one of the great things about him.”
After Saturday's game, Rust talked about his play, playing with Malkin and the significance of playing his first career postseason game.
How did you feel coming back from injury?
"I felt maybe I wasn't on my game 100 percent. The first half of the game, maybe I was a step behind or not quite thinking as fast as I should have. This time of year, I can't make that excuse that I was hurt or anything. I still had to be ready to come into the game. Maybe the first half of the game, I was wasn't as good but as the game went on, it got a little better. Got in on the forecheck. Had a few scoring chances. Obviously, it would have been nice to score on that breakaway but things don't always go your way."
You played on a line with Malkin and left winger Conor Sheary until the lines changed up later with the deficit. How did that line work?
“Coach was kind of flipping a lot of guys around. The shifts I was out there with them, you could see how much skill they have. Obviously [Malkin] and Sheary's a really skilled player. I was just trying to get them space, trying to skate hard, trying to get on loose pucks. Things like that. But it was kind of difficult to get in a flow with those guys because of the mixing and matching."
The breakaway attempt, do you just lump that up to Lundqvist being an all-star or was there something you could have done differently?
"He's obviously a great goalie. I didn't really put my shot where I wanted to but he played it well a made a nice save."
Your team's identity is speed but it seemed like the Rangers' speed gave you issues.
"I think they did use their speed. They've got some quick, fast forwards. They're really deep at forward and we knew that coming in. I thought we played too cute in the neutral zone at times which caused them to get some turnovers and go the other way which caused maybe one or two, three, four of their scoring chances."
Obviously losing the game stinks, but does playing in your first postseason game feel like a career accomplishment along the lines of a first overall game, a first goal, first point, etc.?
"Yeah. I've always watched these games pretty much every year [saying], 'Wow that's great hockey. I can't wait to be there one day.' Yeah, it's nice to say I played in an NHL playoff game. Hopefully I'll have many more to come."
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-The Post-Gazette's recap from Saturday's game. “The last five minutes of the second period, we lost focus. It’s the playoffs. You need to play [well] all 60 minutes.” - Center Evgeni Malkin.
-The Associated Press' recap. "When our team is at its best, we've been defending really well. I think a couple of the goals were uncharacteristic of this group." - Head coach Mike Sullivan.
-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. “We expected his ‘A’ game and he expects that out of himself. He definitely gives us a chance to win every night and today was another example of that.” - Rangers center J.T. Miller on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
-The New York Daily News' recap. "We just put the puck in the net. In Game 1, we didn’t do it.” - Rangers center Derick Brassard.
-Newsday's recap. "Our intensity and battle level was much higher than the first game. We were much stronger in the middle of the ice, limited the opportunities and allowed [Lundqvist] to see the shots.” - Rangers defenseman Marc Staal.
-Mike Lange's goal calls.
-Left winger Chris Kunitz vs. Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein:
-A good look at the fight:
-Sad times for the Penguins' bench:
-A good look at Lundqvist stopping right winger Bryan Rust on a breakaway:
-Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff had a moment alone:
-The Penguins boxed out Rangers left winger Rick Nash from the goal:
-Center Evgeni Malkin was light on his skate as he took the ice:
-Happy times for right winger Phil Kessel. Not so much for Lundqvist:
-Centers Sidney Crosby and Malkin chatted on the bench:
-Defenseman Olli Maatta speaks:
-The Pirates watched Game 2 during batting practice:
-Defenseman Olli Maatta struggled in Game 2.
-The Penguins assigned left winger Tom Sestito to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.
-"I like [to] play one position whole game. I think it's just one game. It's because we have five centers and it's little bit tough for coach, but I think next game I will play at center." - Malkin on playing wing.
-Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio/Coraopolis, netted three assists in Game 2.
-"I'm fine. We just went through the protocol just to make sure everything was good and I was back on the bench. But we have to make sure we're doing the right things and the training staff has to make sure they're doing the right things." - Rangers center Derek Stepan on being hit from behind into the end boards by defenseman Ben Lovejoy in the third period.
-After the Jump: Steve Mason allows an awful goal.
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April 15th was Friday and, if you're like most average Americans, you're feeling taken advantage of by the IRS. If this income equality thing ever catches on, maybe we'll all have tax havens in Panama!
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And the rumors are true... Axl Rose is the new frontman for AC/DC for the remainder of the Rock or Bust Tour.
With Axl preparing to take the stage at Coachella with Guns N' Roses for the band's third show since the reunion, AC/DC sent out the following release:
"AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing.
"We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment."
The AC/DC European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark. After that, Rose will head out on the Guns N' Roses 'Not In This Lifetime' Summer Stadium Tour, playing Heinz Field July 12.
The 10 postponed AC/DC shows in the U.S. will be rescheduled and announced soon.