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The Penguins’ Jake Guentzel scored 4 goals in a row to eliminate the Flyers, with 1 of them coming 30 seconds after he got punched directly in the face

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Don’t punch people in the face.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Six Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

With 54 seconds left in the second period on Sunday, the Flyers led Game 5 against the Penguins 4-3. Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel tied it with a tip-in past Michal Neuvirth:

The next 53 seconds elapsed without incident.

At the start of the third period, Philadelphia’s Jake Voracek put Guentzel on the ice by punching him directly in the face. This couldn’t have been comfortable for Guentzel:

That happened less than one second into the period. After just 29 more seconds, Guentzel scored his second goal in a row, an easy tap-in after Phil Kessel stole the puck in the Flyers’ end and froze Neuvirth on his way to the net. The Penguins suddenly led 5-4:

It’s impossible to prove whether Guentzel getting punched had anything to do with his scoring the goal a half-minute later. It’s not like Guentzel just got so angry and suddenly felt motivated to put the puck in the net. But it’s possible that the brief time Guentzel spent on the ice after getting punched made it likelier that he’d be standing in the right place at the exact right time to get going on that odd-man break with Kessel. It’s also possible, even likely, that there was no cause and effect here, and that this is just funny.

Fast-forward to 12:48 into the period, and there’s Guentzel, scoring again:

The Penguins’ Kris Letang got away with a trip against the Flyers’ Sean Couturier, which was integral to setting up the goal. The referees should’ve called a penalty, but they didn’t, and that’s not Guentzel’s problem. It was his second career playoff hat trick.

Guentzel wasn’t finished. He scored again 10 seconds later:

The Penguins won by an 8-5 final and advanced to the second round. Guentzel finished the game with five points and, possibly, one bruise from a fist to his face.