Rodrigues and Rust’s hat tricks lead Pens to Sharks 8-5

Evan Rodrigues (9) of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his first of two first period goals during an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Pittsburgh on Sunday January 2, 2022 (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar)

Evan Rodrigues (9) of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his first of two first period goals during an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Pittsburgh on Sunday January 2, 2022 (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar)

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Evan Rodrigues and Bryan Rust both had third period hat tricks and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 8-5 on Sunday for their eighth consecutive victory.

Rodrigues and Rust each scored twice as the Pens took a 6-1 lead in the first period. Both added insurance goals in the final period, with Rodrigues achieving his first career hat trick with 2:01 left and Rust scoring in an empty net with 11 seconds left. Rust had five points, his best career record.

San Jose scored three times in the first 4:09 of the third period, but couldn’t overcome the huge deficit, which led to a premature exit of goaltender James Reimer. Alexander Barbanov, Brent Burns, Matt Nieto, Jacob Middleton and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks.

Casey DeSmith made 22 saves for Pittsburgh in place of starter Tristan Jarry, who is one of four Penguins in COVID-19 protocols. Pittsbugh hadn’t played since December 19.

RANGERS 4, LIGHTNING 0

NEW YORK (AP) – Mika Zibanejad netted his eighth career hat trick, Igor Shesterkin stopped 38 shots in his second shutout of the season and New York beat Tampa Bay.

Ryan Strome also scored, Chris Kreider had three assists and Adam Fox added two to help New York win for the third time in five games (3-1-1). The Rangers beat the Lightning for the second time in three days after a 4-3 shootout victory in Tampa, Fla. On Friday night.

In it, New York was without star striker Artemi Panarin, who was placed on COVID-19 protocols before the game.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was playing for the first time in 12 days after quitting COVID-19 protocols earlier today, made 17 saves as the Lightning lost their third straight game (0-2-1) after winning nine out of 10.

DEVILS 4, CAPITAL 3

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nico Hischier scored his second goal of the game with 2:04 left in overtime to give New Jersey a victory over Washington.

Washington rallied at the end of regulation time to force overtime, with Nic Dowd shooting the Capitals inside a goal with 6:38 left and Conor Sheary tying with 3:47 left.

Yegor Sharangovich and Damon Severson scored in 1:14 of the first period for the Devils, and John Carlson scored for Washington with 47 seconds left in the period.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves for the Devils. Ilya Samsonov stopped 33 shots for the Capitals.

AVALANCHE 4, DUCKS 2

DENVER (AP) – Logan O’Connor scored a decisive goal late in the third period and Colorado rallied two goals behind Anaheim.

Mikko Rantanen had one goal and two assists and Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves for the Avalanche, who were playing their first game in nearly three weeks due to COVID-19 cases.

Anaheim, in its third game after suffering three postponements, took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Sam Carrick in the first and Cam Fowler in the second.

Josh Gibson made 32 saves and kept Colorado off the board until Devon Toews scored midway through the second period. Gabriel Landeskog equalized at the start of the third with his 10th of the season.

SPRAY 5, RED WINGS 1

DETROIT (AP) – Erik Haula scored a deciding goal in the second period and Boston scored three more goals in the third to beat Detroit.

Patrice Bergeron has scored his fifth goal in three games against Detroit this season. Charlie McAvoy, Trent Frederic and Tomas Nosek also scored for the Bruins.

Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves as Boston won for the second time in two days after six straight postponements due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The Bruins defeated Buffalo 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.

Tyler Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings. Alex Nedeljkovic, who was playing his first game since December 16, blocked 32 shots.

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