Jake Guentze #59 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is congratulated by his bench after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers at PPG PAINTS Arena on November 21, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
There are enough key players remaining on this Pittsburgh squad that remember the sting of those series defeats, and while last year's Cup win has been a salve for those Rangers-inflicted wounds, these Penguins are well aware of New York's fast start and accompanying media exposure this fall.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The New York Rangers aren't about to let the loss of two top forwards derail their hot start. "I thought we were a lot more aggressive after that, and when we did that, we forced them into more turnovers and got a couple lucky bounces". The teams play the second half of a back-to-back set Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Guentzel's goal gives the Penguins a 1-0 lead early against the Rangers.
East Palestine, Ohio native J.T. Miller got credit for the game-winning goal with 48.5 seconds left in the middle period.
Kevin Hayes added his ninth goal midway through the third, and Derek Stepan scored into an empty net.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 35 shots, but was victimized a few times by sloppy play in the defensive zone. So, what exactly should Penguins fans be expecting from one of the most promising Baby Penguins? Zibanejad had five goals and 15 points in 19 games, while Buchnevich scored four goals and eight points in 10 games.
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That was one better than compatriot Tyrrell Hatton who made a bogey on the last hole after hitting his tee shot into the water. He added while he had not played consistently throughout the year, "at the right times I've played some great golf".
Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Jake Guentzel scored twice in the first period of his National Hockey League debut, but it wasn't enough for his team to stop its recent slide. A centering pass deflected off Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and forward Evgeni Malkin before hitting Miller and going past Fleury.
In addition to Miller's goal, NY benefitted from a fortunate bounce at 12:46 of the third, as a Ryan McDonagh pass hit Hayes' skate and got past Fleury.
In a game everyone knew would be dictated by transition speed, the Rangers struggled with puck management in the first period and gifted the Pens ample scoring chances. "That's a really strong team, but we were able to do what we had to do to get the job done".
Guentzel, 22, made his debut against the same team that drafted his father Mike in the seventh round in 1981. The younger Guentzel scored on the first shot of his first shift, a similar feat accomplished by Penguins' co-owner Mario Lemieux 32 years earlier.
For the remainder of the period, the Rangers were able to keep the Penguins off the board, with Antti Raanta picking up some key saves as well.
Tierney scored a short-handed goal two minutes into the contest after he stole a pass and raced unguarded to beat Kinkaid. Phil Kessel was able to find Jake Guentzel flying into the zone, and Guentzel beat Antti Raanta from a awful angle. The Penguins announced that they had called up Guentzel from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier on Monday after forward Chris Kunitz was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Phil Kessel, who came into Monday night leading the team with 12 assists, picked up his second assist of the game on the second goal of Guentzel's career/night. Usually not a fan of "I can't even" but seeing a family watch dreams come true in real time is pretty special.