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:
Blatant trip goes uncalled and the Penguins score to go up 6-4 pic.twitter.com/hH2JXOkESs— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 22, 2018
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:
Guentzel has recorded just the third four-goal game in Penguins playoff history. The others? Mario Lemieux on 04.25.89 (five goals) and Kevin Stevens on 05.21.91.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 22, 2018
Here's a link to our video player. Things are gettin' crazy: https://t.co/v3ViLfnElO pic.twitter.com/ED7w8dDaF8
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.