Penguins win 10th straight, Rust scores three points to help top Flyers


PHILADELPHIA — The Pittsburgh Penguins won their 10th consecutive game, 6-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

Bryan Rust had two goals and an assist, Jake Guentzel scored twice, and Kris Letang had three assists for Pittsburgh (20-8-5). Tristan Jarry made 18 saves.

The Penguins winning streak is the longest in the NHL since the Vegas Golden Knights won 10 straight April 9-28.

Cam Atkinson and Oskar Lindblom scored for Philadelphia (13-15-6), which lost its fourth straight game (0-3-1). Carter Hart made 26 saves.

Rust scored a power-play goal at 12:21 of the first period and from the slot at 14:55 to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead. He has scored seven goals in three games since missing 11 because of a lower-body injury.

Guentzel scored from the right side of the crease at 16:16 to make it 3-0. Video review confirmed the puck completely crossed the goal line.

Atkinson cut it to 3-1 at 8:10 of the second period when he finished a 2-on-1 rush with Joel Farabee.

Evan Rodrigues pushed the lead to 4-1 at 8:50 of the third, Guentzel scored at 10:20 to make it 5-1 and Brian Boyle‘s shorthanded goal increased the lead to 6-1 at 11:51.

Lindblom made it 6-2 at 13:00.

The Flyers were missing forward Travis Konecny and defenseman Travis Sanheim, who entered NHL COVID-19 protocol Wednesday, and forward Claude Giroux and defenseman Ivan Provorov, who went into protocol Tuesday. Giroux leads Philadelphia with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 32 games and Konecny is third with 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 33 games. Provorov (24:26) and Sanheim (22:31) lead the Flyers in ice time among players with more than five games.

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