When the was acquired as part of the trade which sent Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes this past offseason, it was widely wondered if Brandon Sutter could replicate the impressive offensive totals of Staal.
While he may never score quite as many goals as Staal, most of Sutter's goals have been pretty important.
In last night's entertaining 4-2 road win against the Islanders, Sutter set a career-high with his fourth game-winning goal of the season. Only six players - two of which have won the Hart Trophy - have scored more game-winning goals in their first season with the Penguins:
|Terry Ruskowski, LW||1985-86||7|
|Shawn McEachern, C||1992-93||6|
|*-Evgeni Malkin, C||2006-07||6|
|*-Paul Marshall, LW||1979-80||5|
|Petr Nedved, C||1995-96||5|
|*-Sidney Crosby, C||2005-06||5|
|**-Andy Bathgate, RW||1967-68||4|
|*-Pierre Larouche, C||1974-75||4|
|Dan Quinn, C||1986-87||4|
|*-Jaromir Jagr, RW||1990-91||4|
|***-Alexei Kovalev, RW||1998-99||4|
|Kip Miller, C||1998-99||4|
|*-Ryan Malone, LW||2003-04||4|
|*-Jordan Staal, C||2006-07||4|
|*-Tyler Kennedy, RW||2007-08||4|
|Petr Sykora, RW||2007-08||4|
|Brandon Sutter, C||2012-13||4|
**-Bathgate's total occured during the franchise' inagural season.
***-Kovalev recorded five game-winning goals that season but his first came as a member of the Rangers before an early-season trade brought him to Pittsburgh.
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