By collecting an assist in the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-0 blowout of the Nashville Predators in Game 5, Jake Guentzel scored his 21st point of the Stanley Cup playoffs, tying the NHL’s all-time record for a rookie in the postseason.
Guentzel joins Dino Ciccarelli and Ville Leino to do so.
Guentzel now has 13 goals (including five game-winners) and eight assists for 21 points in 24 games. He’s already assembled some rookie records, particularly for American players. He grabbed that 21st point by assisting on Conor Sheary‘s goal in Game 5:
Ciccarelli managed that feat in just 19 games, scoring 14 goals for the Minnesota North Stars in 1980-81. He would go on to have a Hall of Fame career.
Leino … will not make the Hockey Hall of Fame. Still, he also managed his 21 points in 19 games, flipping his totals to have 14 assists to go with seven goals. He managed that run with the Philadelphia Flyers (2009-10) at age 26; interestingly, he actually played seven games for the Red Wings in the 2008-09 postseason.
Neither Leino nor Ciccarelli won a Stanley Cup during those runs. Guentzel will get at least one more game to break that three-way tie for the most prolific rookie postseason, and the Penguins merely need one win for him to collect a Stanley Cup.
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