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May 31, 2023

Pittsburgh advances to Stanley Cup Final

(Mike Halford/NBC Sports) For one night, anyway, the Steel City loved it some Rust. In a thrilling and drama-filled affair, the unlikeliest of heroes — Pens rookie Bryan Rust — stole the show, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Rust’s heroics sent Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009. Seven years ago against the Red Wings, it was depth forward Max Talbot that etched himself into Penguins lore, scoring both goals in the decisive Game 7. Rust pretty much did the…