Rookie Jake Guentzel joined some elite company.
Guentzel joined hockey legend, Hall of Famer and Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and several other past Penguins' rookies to score his first-career NHL goal on his first-career shot on his first-career shift against the NY Rangers at PPG Paints Arena Monday night.
Phil Kessel had the puck in the neutral zone and found Guentzel speeding upstream. Kessel hit the rookie with a pass.
Guentzel cut around the Rangers defender and threw a low shot far side against goaltender Antti Raanta that slid under his pad.
Guentzel became the fifth player in Pens history to score his first NHL goal in his first shift (last: Luca Caputi in 2009). Guentzel scored the fastest goal by a Penguins player making his NHL debut at 1:02 of the first period.
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