Jake Guentzel of Omaha, Nebraska became the first player in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs to record a hat trick. On Sunday, Guentzel notched three goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 to take a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Guentzel recorded his first goal in Sunday's game from Ron Hainsey and Sidney Crosby at 3:17 of the first period to tie the game at one. He then scored his second goal from Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel at 11:48 of the third period on the power play to put the Penguins up 4-3. Guentzel then scored in overtime with 6:50 left in the first extra period from Crosby to give the Penguins a one goal victory and a commanding lead in the series.
Guentzel now has four goals in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most in the playoffs to date. In fact, Guentzel had more goals in the Penguins' win over Columbus on Sunday than any other player has scored in the entire playoffs so far. Fifteen players, including Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust of the Penguins are tied for second with two goals. Of the 15 players with two playoff goals to date, there are three Americans--Rust of Pontiac, Michigan, Minnesota Wild left winger Zach Parise of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Blue Jackets right winger Cam Atkinson of Riverside, Connecticut.