In the dying minutes of the Penguins’ final regular season matchup vs. the New York Rangers, Jake Guentzel took advantage of a wild scrum in front of NYR netminder Alexandar Georgiev to push through his 40th goal of the season, tie the game, and salvage the team’s third spot in the Metro.
With that goal, Guentzel joins an extremely exclusive list of elite 40-goal scoring Penguins from years past. It includes the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jaromir Jagr, Mario Lemieux, Alexei Kovalev, James Neal, and Petr Nevded — an incredible group of players.
What makes it even more special is that Crosby collected an assist on the play, growing his season points total to 100 (35 goals, 65 assists). It’s the first time the Captain has tallied 100 points since the 2013-14 season.
We’ve recently argued that Guentzel is the best winger Crosby as ever had, and this milestone only adds to that fact. What an incredible feat for such a young player.
“It’s a cool number,” Guentzel said of his achievement. “To be a 40-goal scorer, you never really think about it. It’s definitely a special feeling.”