As of Monday, The 22-year-old scored on the Penguins’ first shot in 37 minutes late in the third period, and in doing so picked up his playoff-leading 10th goal. This was the game winner for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. With that tally, Guentzel was just one goal back of Jeremy Roenick for the most postseason goals by an American-born rookie in NHL history.
And now he has surpassed Roenick with his 2 goals tonight, bringing his total to 12 playoff goals.
His 19 points are both surpassing Roenick and Joe Mullen for the American rookie record. Meanwhile, his four game-winning goals during the playoffs already have him in a tie for the NHL rookie record with former Colorado Avalanche forward Chris Drury and Montreal Canadiens forward Claude Lemieux.
With 2 more goals and 2 more points, Guentzel can also tie the all-time rookie playoff record of 14 goals and 21 points set by Dino Ciccarelli back in 1980-81 with the Minnesota North Stars.
We are witnessing history folks.
More to come.