Guentzel caps historic playoff run with his most impressive record yet

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Jake Guentzel etched his name in the record books multiple times this spring, but his final individual achievement was his best.

The young Pittsburgh Penguins forward became the first rookie to lead the NHL outright in playoff goal-scoring since the league took control of the Stanley Cup in 1926-27.

Guentzel scored 13 times in his first postseason, edging teammate Evgeni Malkin by three for the league lead, and somewhat incredibly, five of Guentzel's playoff goals were game-winners.

The 22-year-old also tied Dino Ciccarelli's all-time record for playoff points by a rookie with his 21st by way of an assist on Conor Sheary's goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final last week.

Guentzel finished one goal shy of Ciccarelli's record for playoff goals by a rookie, but he set new benchmarks for goals and points by an American-born rookie with a two-goal effort in Game 2 of the championship round.

Oh, and he also helped the Penguins win their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship.

Not too shabby for a guy who was developing in the AHL last fall.

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