GUENTZEL SETS RECORDS IN GAME TWO WIN

Last year Jake Guentzel led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in playoff scoring.

This year he’s rewriting the National Hockey League’s record books.

The rookie phenom tallied two times on Wednesday night, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final.  The defending champions lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0, with the series switching to Tennessee for Game Three on Saturday night.

Guentzel now has 12 goals in 21 games so far in his first foray into the NHL postseason, putting him just two goals shy of the league mark for goals by a rookie in the playoffs.  That record of 14 was set by the Dino Ciccarelli, who appeared in 19 games with the Minnesota North Stars during that team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1981.

The Pittsburgh forward also sits just two points shy of Ciccarelli’s mark of 21 points by a first-year player.

But while Guentzel is still chasing down Ciccarelli’s records, he’s already set a few others this spring.

Guentzel’s second tally in Game Two was his fifth game-winning goal of the playoffs, setting a new record for most GWGs by a rookie in NHL history.  That decisive score also moved him past Jeremy Roenick for most goals by an American-born rookie in the playoffs, and his 19 points set a new standard for American-born rookies as well, surpassing both Roenick and Joey Mullen.

On the team side, Guentzel’s point total is, by far, the most by a Pittsburgh rookie in the postseason, surpassing the previous mark of 13 set by Jaromir Jagr in 1991.  He also established a new record for fastest goal from the start of a period, when he tallied 10 seconds into the third frame on Wednesday to give the Penguins their first lead of the night.



UPCOMING SCHEDULE

DATE ROAD TEAM HOME TEAM TIME/RESULT
Monday, May 29 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 Win
Wednesday, May 31 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Win
Saturday, June 3 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
Monday, June 5 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
*Thursday, June 8 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 8:00pm
*Sunday, June 11 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
*Wednesday, June 14 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 8:00pm

* = if necessary


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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HEADED BACK TO STANLEY CUP FINAL


The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season, following Thursday night’s 3-2, double overtime win over the Ottawa Senators in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final.  The Penguins will meet the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League’s championship series starting on Monday night.

The full schedule for the Stanley Cup Final is below.  All times are to be determined:

DATE ROAD TEAM HOME TEAM
Monday, May 29 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins
Wednesday, May 31 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins
Saturday, June 3 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators
Monday, June 5 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators
*Thursday, June 8 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins
*Sunday, June 11 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators
*Wednesday, June 14 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins

* = if necessary

The Penguins are the first team to appear in back-to-back finals since the 2008 and 2009 postseasons, when the Penguins and Detroit Red Wings faced off at the end of both campaigns.  They will attempt to become the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings.

This will be the sixth finals appearance for the Penguins, with each coming in back-to-back fashion (1991 and 1992; 2008 and 2009; 2016 and 2017).  It is also the fourth appearance in the final for the Penguins in the past 10 seasons, the most of any team in that time span.



Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, who guided Pittsburgh to the team’s fourth title last season, is looking to join an exclusive coaching club this spring.  Sullivan can become just the second head coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup in his first two seasons behind the bench, joining the legendary Toe Blake, who accomplished the feat with the Montreal Canadiens in 1956 and 1957.  He also won the Cup with the Habs in each of the following three seasons as well.


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