Jake Guentzel made some history yesterday with his 4 goal game. While a 4-goal playoff game did happen just last year (Jean-Gabriel Pageau did it against the Rangers), it’s only happened four times in the last 20 years of the NHL playoffs per hockey-reference.
It’s also the first 4+ goal performance by a Pens player in over five years, the last time being Chris Kunitz vs. the Capitals back in February 2013. It’s the first Penguin playoff 4+ goal performance since Big Kevin Stevens did it in 1992 vs. Boston.
From Bob Grove, Guentzel’s 2 goals in 10 seconds (which made the score 6-4 and then 7-4 with 7 minutes to go, essentially the knockout shots) were the quickest two goals by one player in franchise playoff history. Guentzel’s goals were all scored in succession which is a new franchise record, completed in just 13:52 as well.
Incredibly for a team as decorated as the Penguins are, in just 31 playoff games Guentzel has cracked top-10 in team history in playoff goals
He was calm talking to NBC after:
Staying on all-time marks, Kris Letang passed Larry Murphy for #1 in playoff defenseman scoring in team history with his 74th point.
Sidney Crosby had a 3 point night and moved up to 14th of all-time in playoff scoring (177), passing a trio of hall of famers in Sergei Fedorov, Jean Beliveau and Denis Savard. Next up in Crosby’s sights is 13th place Ray Bourque who has currently 60 more NHL playoff games than Sid, and three more points.
- The Pens are the first team since the 1997-99 Detroit Red Wings to win 9 straight playoff series, a mark only 6 teams in league history have ever done. They join the ‘91-93 Pens on this list. The all-time record, by far, is 19 straight series wins by the Islanders from 1980-84. These Pens have an opportunity to be one of a very select few to have a double-digit playoff series win streak with a win next round.
- Pittsburgh only allowed 24.7 shots/game in the first round, lowest among all teams so far in this playoff year.
- A playoff 90.5% PK ranks 3rd currently, killing 19 of 21 chances. Including a perfect 13/13 on the road.
- By my count, the 28 goals the Pens scored in a series were the most in the Crosby-Malkin era, besting the 27 goals scored (in 7 games) vs Washington in 2009, and the 25 goals vs. NYI (in 6 games) back in 2013.
- As of right now, 7 NHL teams have suffered their last playoff elimination at the hands of the Penguins. The Flyers (2018), the Blue Jackets, Capitals, Senators and Predators (2017), the Lightning (2016), and the poor, poor Hurricanes (2009). This will change soon since one of CBJ/WSH will eliminate each other, but it’s pretty remarkable that almost 25% of the league has had their last bad playoff moment come at the hands of the Pens.
Finally, as the idiotic Flyers crowd rained beer cans down at the end of the game, papa bear Jamie Oleksiak shielding Bryan Rust is one of the funniest moments in the midst of the mayhem.