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On this date in Penguins history: Jake Guentzel’s coming out party

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The Penguins winger made his first big playoff appearance back in the spring of 2017.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Three Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

It seems like it was a lifetime ago, but back in the spring of 2017, Penguins winger Jake Guentzel made a big splash during the postseason in the first round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Guentzel had been called up the NHL club earlier in the season and played well, scoring 16 goals in 40 games.

On this night in mid-April, Guentzel's game really came to life.

After trailing 3-1 after one period, the Penguins battled back to tie the game at 3-3 and ultimately take a 4-3 lead, with Guentzel scoring two of the four goals.

Brandon Dubinsky would tie the game for the Blue Jackets with a few minutes left in the game, sending things to overtime.

Overtime was Guentzel’s time to shine. With Columbus really needing a goal and a win to get on the board in the series, Guentzel found a little pocket of ice in front of the net, lifted a stick in front of him, and buried the goal. Game over. 3-0 series lead. You love to see it.

The Penguins would lose Game 4 in Columbus before finishing the Blue Jackets off in Game 5 at home en route to the second round.