Anyone who pays attention knows that Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel is a true scorer despite not being all that big or speedy or flashy. It’s also clear he has All-Star talent.
Those things diverged Friday night at the skills competition of All-Star weekend in Las Vegas.
A proven 40-goal scorer who leads the Penguins in goals and points at this All-Star break, Guentzel, in his only official skills appearance, the accuracy shooting, finished second. In the final skills competition of the night, Guentzel hit all four targets on five shots in12.01 seconds. Carolina’s Sebastian Aho won in 10.937 seconds.
Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry was the team’s other representative. He finished last in the save streak event, a tandem event in which he was paired with Carolina’s Frederik Andersen. They could only come up with a high of two stops in a row between them.
Guentzel was something of a winner before the skills competition even started. Players were able to pick their own songs beforehand. Guentzel, in a savvy and hilarious move, picked “Milkshake” by Kelis.
For anyone who didn’t already know, Guentzel has an ongoing promotion with The Milk Shake Factory in Pittsburgh where a decadent Jake’s Shake developed by Guentzel is priced half off the day after he scores.
By the way, the promotion holds if he scores Saturday in the All-Star Game, per the restaurant’s Twitter account.
Are you excited to watch @jakeguentz in the @NHL all star game?! We are and yes, if he scores we will have 1/2 off Jake’s Shakes the following day! #NHLAllStar #JakesShakes #LetsGoPens pic.twitter.com/7rLKM2pDTa
— The Milkshake Factory (@MShakeFactory) February 4, 2022
Jarry selected “Black and Yellow” by Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa as his song, also a solid choice.
Guentzel was selected to the 2020 All-Star Game, but he got hurt just before the event and had to pull out. Jarry was an all-star last year.
In the other skills results:
St. Louis’ Jordan Kyrou won the fastest skater; Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and Toronto’s Jack Campbell won the goalie save streak; Columbus’ Zach Werenski won the coolest event, the fountain face-off outdoors at the Bellagio fountains; Tampa’s Victor Hedman won the hardest shot; Vegas’ Alex Pietrangelo won the breakaway challenge; and Dallas’ Joe Pavelski won the 21 in ’22.