COVID-19, layoff no match for Evan Rodrigues’ scorching streak – [Update News]

A 14-day scheduling delay couldn’t cease the Penguins. Neither may one more breakout of COVID-19 instances.

A five-goal lead virtually did the trick, although.

The Penguins scored early and infrequently, then held on for expensive life in an 8-5 victory towards the Sharks on Sunday at PPG Paints Enviornment.

Evan Rodrigues and Bryan Rust every produced a hat trick, the primary time in 14 years that Penguins’ teammates have recorded hat methods in the identical recreation. Pascal Dupuis and Petr Sykora pulled off the feat in 2008.

It was 4-0 Penguins on the 6:09 mark of the primary interval, with all of these targets coming in transition towards the Sharks, who regarded totally unprepared for this recreation.

San Jose roared again with three targets within the first 4:09 of the third interval to drag inside a purpose, gorgeous the near-capacity crowd. Late targets from Rodrigues and Rust, nevertheless, put the sport away.

Jake Guentzel additionally scored for the Penguins, giving him 13 targets in his previous 13 video games. Additionally, Kasper Bjorkqvist scored a purpose in his NHL debut.

Casey DeSmith earned the win for the Penguins however didn’t play properly, stopping solely 22 of 27 pictures.