Rust hat trick leads Penguins to 8-5 win over Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s Bryan Rust had his first career hat trick as the Penguins dominated the second half of the game and beat Ottawa 8-5 on Monday, moving into a tie for the lead in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.

In another key result, Boston continued its dominance of Florida with an overtime victory.

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby added his NHL-leading 17th goal of the season while Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, and Matt Cullen and Justin Schultz also scored. Pittsburgh scored six times over the final 32 minutes after spotting the Senators a 4-2 lead.

The Penguins have not lost in regulation against the Senators in their past nine meetings.

Matt Stone had a goal and two assists for Ottawa. Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Senators.

Boston’s David Pastrnak scored his second goal of the game 2:23 into overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win against Florida.

Pastrnak got his team-leading 15th goal by cutting in from the left wing, shifting around Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo and tucking in the game-winner.

David Backes and Tim Schaller also scored for Boston, which is 15-2-1 in its past 18 games against the Panthers.

Jaromir Jagr had a goal for the Panthers, the 754th of his career, while Jason Demers and Aleksander Barkov also scored.

Washington’s Marcus Johansson scored the tying goal late in the third period and got the winner midway through overtime to lift the Capitals over Buffalo 3-2.

Columbus’ Sam Gagner had two goals and two assists to help the Blue Jackets win 4-1 and beat Arizona for the second time in three days.