Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel showed off his incredible hand-eye coordination on Sunday night with a goal in the second period of Game 7 against the New York Rangers.
Bryan Rust got the puck to the right of Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin and passed it to Guentzel streaking down the middle. Guentzel would get the puck off a ricochet by a Rangers defender, kick the puck to himself and tap it in just out of the reach of Shesterkin.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (59) celebrates with teammates Marcus Pettersson (28) and Evgeni Malkin (71) after scoring a goal during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The NHL referees needed to review the score to make sure it wasn’t high sticking on Guentzel in front of Shesterkin, but the goal was confirmed. It was Guentzel’s eighth goal of the series on assists from Rust and Sidney Crosby.
The Rangers would tie the game at the 11:23 mark thanks to a score from K’Andre Miller. But the evened game wouldn’t last long.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (59) celebrates with teammates Evgeni Malkin (71), Marcus Pettersson (28) and John Marino (6) after scoring a goal during the second period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Evan Rodrigues scored just as the team was getting back to full strength on a Rangers power play.
Pittsburgh took a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.
The Penguins were last in a Game 7 in 2017 – the last time they won the Stanley Cup. In the Eastern Conference finals that year, Pittsburgh topped the Ottawa Senators with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 7.
Jake Guentzel #59 of the Pittsburgh Penguins knocks the puck past goaltender Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers during the second period in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2022 in New York City. (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)