Rust hat trick catalyst for another comeback

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One of the Penguins' Ice Crew collects the hats tossed for Bryan Rust. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Bryan Rust’s reaction to the best offensive performance of his career was limited to a few words and a shoulder shrug, but the moment wasn’t lost on him: On a night when Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel were at their best, he was the one who propelled the latest comeback.

The right winger recorded his first career hat trick, including a picturesque backhander on a penalty shot, to help the Penguins outscore Ottawa, 8-5, Monday night at PPG Paints Arena in a game several players described as a “track meet.”