Penguins notebook: Kunitz's goal total receives a boost
Chris Kunitz scored a day off Monday.
He also scored another goal.
The NHL awarded him the Penguins' first goal from a victory at Washington on Sunday. Originally credited to defenseman Paul Martin, the goal was awarded to Kunitz, whose stick deflected Martin's point-shot past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby at 3:37 of the opening period.
Kunitz said Sunday he thought he had scored the goal.
With this decision, Kunitz became the Penguins' first player since Jaromir Jagr to score four goals in a game. Jagr netted four against the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena on Oct. 14, 2000.
Kunitz was named the NHL's No. 2 star for last week (five goals and eight points in four games).
Kunitz, who has been recovering from flu symptoms since Wednesday, did not practice Monday. He is expected to play Tuesday at the New York Islanders.
• Defenseman Kris Letang also didn't practice, but he is expected to play against the Islanders. He is second among Penguins players with an average ice time of 25 minutes, 5 seconds. Martin is first at 25:11.
• The Penguins did not travel to New York after Sunday's win at Washington. Instead, they spent Sunday night watching the Super Bowl and traveled to New York after practicing Monday afternoon at Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va.
• Former Penguins Radio Network broadcaster Steve Mears made his debut Monday as a full-time employee of NHL Network. Mears will handle several duties, including serving as a co-host of “NHL Live” from 5 to 7 p.m. weeknights.
— Rob Rossi
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Players respect coach, refuse to blame Johnston
- Penguins coach Johnston’s mother dies
- Penguins notebook: Malkin likely to return Saturday
- Penguins notebook: Staal insists he never asked for trade to Penguins
- Penguins notebook: Adams says fight was to counter Blues’ brutish tactics
- Penguins’ Dupuis will not return this season
- Penguins’ protracted slump continues with 5-2 loss at Carolina
- Despite adversity, Penguins at ease
- Penguins notebook: Malkin, Hornqvist skate with team
- Fast starts hold key for Penguins down the stretch
- Penguins defensemen Letang, Martin embrace heavy workload