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Penguins' Rust will be game-time decision Wednesday

Pittsburgh forward on ice for morning skate, questionable for Game 2 of Cup Final against Sharks with upper-body injury

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust took part in an optional morning skate Wednesday and will be a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Rust sustained an upper-body injury when Sharks forward Patrick Marleau hit him high 4:47 into the third period of the Penguins' 3-2 Game 1 win Monday. Rust returned after several minutes, took one shift and left again.

After missing Pittsburgh's optional practice Tuesday, Rust lightly skated with Sullivan.

Following the morning skate Wednesday, Rust said he is feeling good, but did not indicate whether he'll be available for Game 2.

If Rust is unable to play, forward Eric Fehr could elevate to right wing alongside center Evgeni Malkin and left wing Chris Kunitz, where he played throughout much of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before Rust replaced him midway through Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Rust has scored four goals in his past three games, including the opening goal in Game 1, and each of Pittsburgh's goals in its 2-1 Game 7 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference final. He has scored the most playoff goals by a rookie in Penguins history (six) after scoring five goals in his first 55 regular-season games across two seasons.


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