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Drive to the Net: Rust’s hat trick overdue reward

CHICAGO -- A slumping hockey player with a scoring history is bound to score ... in bunches.

That's the sport's time-tested sentiment, and it pops to life on rinks worldwide. Almost as wide as the eyes that lead up to that breakout goal.

Bryan Rust's hat trick Wednesday night at the United Center wound up for naught in the immediate context, thanks to most of his fellow PenguinsĀ casually admiring his handiwork from afar in a sickly 6-3 loss to the Blackhawks, the NHL's worst team. But in the broader context, it could mean plenty for a roster starving for secondary scoring.

"All that matters right now is our team's success," Rust would say afterward, every bit as subdued as the scene around him in the visiting locker room. "That's one we'd definitely like to have back."

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