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Penguins notebook: Kunitz's goal total receives a boost

| Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 6:29 p.m.
The Penguins' James Neal and Sidney Crosby celebrate a Chris Kunitz goal in the second period against the Capitals at Verizon Center on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Kunitz scored a hat trick, then was awarded a fourth goal Monday after a scoring change. Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review

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

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