Here are three things we learned in the NHL on Wednesday night.
Guentzel joins the ‘Rocket’
Evgeni Malkin had yet another point in Sidney Crosby’s absence, but a Pittsburgh Penguins rookie continues to shine on the big stage.
Jake Guentzel scored in the Penguins’ 3-2 win in Game 4 over the Washington Capitals. It took a significant amount of luck, but he was credited with the goal, which was Guentzel’s eighth in nine playoff games.
The last rookie to score eight goals in nine post-season games was Maurice Richard in 1944, and Guentzel is the fourth player overall to accomplish the feat.
Being the first player to fulfill anything since The Rocket is quite extraordinary. It’s worth noting that the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup that year and Richard had five goals in the Stanley Cup Final.
That might be a positive omen for Guentzel and the Penguins.
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Draisaitl loves playing against the Ducks
Another game, another standout performance for Leon Draisaitl against the Anaheim Ducks.
Draisaitl recorded two assists in the 4-3 overtime loss on Wednesday, which gives him 20 points in 16 career games versus the Ducks, more than any other NHL team.
Draisaitl is the Oilers’ leading scorer in the playoffs with 10 points. Every player improved massively over the course of a year, but the 21-year-old’s rise has been noticeably impressive. The forward is coming off a career season and continues to thrive in high-pressure environments, which will only serve him well in the future.
Connor McDavid, who scored the second goal of the night, seems to enjoy facing the Ducks as well.
No matter how far the Oilers go in these playoffs, there is a lot to be excited about over the next few years with these two.
Getzlaf makes Ducks playoff history
Step aside, Teemu Selanne. Ryan Getzlaf is coming through.
One of the Anaheim Ducks stalwarts made some history and helped his team level the second-round series on Wednesday night. Getzlaf scored twice to become Anaheim’s all-time leader in playoff goals, passing Selanne in the process.
Getzlaf also assisted Jakob Silfverberg’s overtime winner, pulling him into a tie for second in the NHL with 12 points in the playoffs. Only Evgeni Malkin (16) has more.
There was some controversy on Getzlaf’s first goal, as there hints of goaltender interference, but the Oilers lost the challenge. However, there is no doubt that the 31-year-old has been a major catalyst and a big reason why the Ducks have turned around the series.