VANCOUVER – Jake guentzel had a hat trick and an assist to extend his points streak, career-best NHL record, to 12 games and help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 at Rogers Arena on Saturday .
Guentzel has 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in longest active streak in the NHL and third longest this season behind Connor mcdavid Edmonton Oilers (17 games) and Troy terry Anaheim Ducks (16 games).
“The rebounds are going my way right now,” Guentzel said. “You go through stretches where you don’t get those rebounds and for me I just try to shoot the puck as much as I can, and if that goes in or creates rebounds I just try to be around the net and shoot as much as I can, and you never know what’s going on. ”
Sidney crosby scored one goal and obtained two assists, Kris letang got three assists and Tristan jarry made 22 saves for the Penguins (11-8-5), who won for the first time in four games (1-2-1).
“I just think he has a certain IQ in hockey,” said coach Mike Sullivan of Guentzel. “He’s got a unique ability to find weak spots, and when he plays with a guy like Sid he usually gets the puck. But it comes at the right time and I think that’s the genius of Jake’s game, and I also think that’s why Jake and Sid have been so complementary the entire time they’ve been playing together. They think the game is at a similar level, which is an elite level.
Vasily Podkolzin marked, and Thatcher Demko made 40 saves for the Canucks (8-15-2), who were trying to win three in a row for the first time this season. They are 3-9-1 in the last 13 games.
“When you lose it’s tough,” said coach Travis Green. “The fans are frustrated. We are frustrated too. Our players, they are angry when they lose, the coaches are also upset when they lose.”
Guentzel gave Pittsburgh the 1-0 lead at 2:19 of the second period with a shot from receiving the right face-off that deflected Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Podkolzin tied 1-1 with a deflection that bounced off Jarry at 6:18, but the Canucks were defeated by five straight penalties.
“Obviously we ran into some penalty issues there in the second,” said the forward. Bo Horvat noted. “And it’s hard to catch up against this team.”
Guentzel completed his fourth NHL hat trick scoring two power play goals 5-3 at 1:10 intervals. He made it 2-1 with a reception shot at 5:13 pm from the same place as his first goal and gave the Penguins the lead 3-1 with a wrist shot projected from the top of the face-off circle. left who deflected the back of the Canucks defenseman Luc Schenn at 6:23 p.m.
Guentzel has at least one point in all 11 road games this season (10 goals, six assists), tying the Penguins’ record set by Evgeni Malkin in 2008-09.
“For some reason I like to play on the road,” Guentzel said. “It’s just a good challenge and obviously lucky ones, so take them as they come.”
Video: PIT @ VAN: Crosby scores in 3rd period
Guentzel also had 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in a 10-game streak with at least one point against Vancouver, his longest against an opponent. It was his third four-point game in the NHL, and his last also against the Canucks on November 27, 2019.
“If only I knew [why]”Guentzel said.” I think it’s just a fun building to play in, so I think you’re excited to come here and play, and just a great city overall. “
Pittsburgh was 2 for 6 on the power play and is 7 for 26 (26.9%) in the last 10 games after starting season 4 on 46 (8.7%) in the first 14 games.
“We put the puck in deep and tried to crush them and take advantage of them,” Letang said. “The key was to make sure our power play gave us momentum.
Crosby converted a cross pass from Letang at 11:15 of the third period for the final 4-1.
“The only way to get over that is to go through it,” Canucks forward said Tyler Motte noted. “We have to keep looking at ourselves in the mirror and find a way to be better because we owe it to more people than ourselves.”
REMARKS: Guentzel also had two Stanley Cup playoff hat tricks, including a four-goal game against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference first round on April 22, 2018.… It was the third hat trick for a Vancouver Penguins player and the first since Mario Lemieux on January 23, 1987. Pierre Larouche also scored three goals on February 8, 1976.… Jarry was playing his first NHL game in Vancouver. He was born in Surrey, British Columbia, 21 miles from Vancouver.
Video: Guentzel scores hat trick in 4-1 win over Canucks