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Family's reaction to Jake Guentzel's goal is great

Penguins rookie sends family, especially brother, into party mode @NHL

Guentzel impresses in debut

NYR@PIT: Guentzel family erupts for Jake's big debut

Jake Guentzel scores twice in his first NHL period, drawing raucous cheers from his family in the stands

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How do you turn your family from mild-mannered observers into party animals?

If you're Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Jake Guentzel, you bury the first shot of your first NHL shift against the team that once drafted your dad.

After Jake's first career goal gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead over the Rangers Monday night, the camera cut to his celebrating family. Mom and dad were a combination of euphoric and stunned, but brother Ryan Guentzel was ready to party like it was 1999.

The closest comparable reaction to Ryan Guentzel's, in terms of energy level, was when Roberto Benigni won the Oscar for "Life is Beautiful" back in '99. Ryan took to Twitter to have a little fun at his own expense quickly after.

Tweet from @guentz27: When your brother scores first shift of first NHL game you may look like an idiot #ohwell

Mike Guentzel, drafted by the Rangers in 1981 now an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota.

For good measure, Jake Guentzel scored another goal, popping in a rebound to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Video: NYR@PIT: Guentzel reacts to his two-goal 1st period

Perhaps spent after the first goal, the family's second reaction, while still joyous, was much more subdued.

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