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Pens head to Cup final on Rust's 2 goals

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Bryan Rust scored a pair of second-period goals and Matt Murray stopped 16 shots to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night to send the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.

Pittsburgh will host Western Conference champion San Jose in Game 1 of the final Monday night.

Jonathan Drouin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves, but it wasn't enough to send Tampa Bay back to the Cup Final for a second straight year. Captain Steven Stamkos had two shots in his return from a two-month layoff while dealing with a blood clot.

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Goals
Rank Player G
1 A. Ovechkin, Was50
2 P. Kane, Chi46
3 J. Benn, Dal41
4 V. Tarasenko, StL40
5 J. Pavelski, SJ38
6 B. Marchand, Bos37
7t S. Crosby, Pit36
7t S. Stamkos, TB36
9 C. Perry, Anh34
10t F. Forsberg, Nsh33
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Save Percentage
Rank Player SvPct
1 B. Elliott, StL.930
2 B. Bishop, TB.926
3 T. Greiss, NYI.925
4 M. Neuvirth, Phi.924
5 C. Crawford, Chi.924
6 C. Schneider, NJ.924
7 J. Reimer, SJ.922
8 B. Holtby, Was.922
9 R. Luongo, Fla.922
10 M. Fleury, Pit.921
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