Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel of Omaha, Nebraska now has the National Hockey League rookie record for postseason game winning goals. On Wednesday, in game two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals, Guentzel scored his fifth game winning goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With the win, the Penguins lead the best out of seven series two games to none.
It was also Guentzel's second game winning goal of the Stanley Cup Finals. In game one, Guentzel scored the game winning goal in a 5-3 Penguins win. Guentzel's other game winning goals in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs came in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 14, in a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 16 and in a 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals on April 29.
An amazing statistic is that Guentzel had zero game winning goals during the 2016-17 regular season. He had 16 goals in the regular season but none were a game winner.
In the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Guentzel has a National Hockey League leading 12 goals. He also has 19 points, which is a record for American born rookies in a single playoff season.