Guentzel dished out three assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Islanders. Guentzel also tied Kris Letang's game-high total of six shots. He was one of three Penguins to record at least three points in this one -- joining Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel, the latter of whom totaled four points courtesy of two goals and two assists. All three goals scored by Crosby or Kessel were assisted by Guentzel, as New York had no answer for the trio.
Guentzel scored three goals, including the game-winner, in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets. The Penguins' playoff hero had recorded two prior hat tricks in the postseason, but this was Guentzel's first in the regular season. The 24-year-old has now surged past Phil Kessel for the team's goal-scoring lead with 11, and with 18 points in 22 games he's on pace to shatter the career-high 48 he collected last year.
Guentzel registered a goal and an assist versus the Stars on Wednesday. Guentzel clearly benefited from the return of Sidney Crosby as the two combined on both of their goals Wednesday. While the youngster can still produce with other players, he seems to be at his best when lined up with Sid the Kid -- a role coach Mike Sullivan is unlikely to give to anyone else in the near future.
Guentzel notched an assist in Monday's 5-1 defeat to New Jersey. Guentzel is bogged down in a five-game goal drought that has seen him bumped off the top line, instead making up a third line with Riley Sheahan and Phil Kessel. The winger is known for his performances in big games, especially the postseason, so perhaps a clash with Washington on Wednesday will help jump-start the youngster's season.
Guentzel tipped the puck past relief netminder David Rittich in Thursday's 9-1 domination of Calgary. It took Guentzel 19 games to reach the five-goal threshold last season, but he has managed to achieve that mark in a mere eight games this time around. At this rate, the 23-year-old will blow his 22-goal career high from 2017-18 out of the water. He has firmly cemented himself on Sidney Crosby's left wing.
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