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Penguins forward Chris Kunitz credits Sidney Crosby for his recent scoring surge. Crosby assisted on three of Kunitz's four goals Sunday versus the Capitals.
By Josh Yohe
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 8:16 p.m.

Left wing Chris Kunitz officially was awarded a fourth goal against the Washington Capitals 24 hours following the game and was also named No. 2 star of the week Monday.

He knows where his bread is buttered.

Kunitz gives much of the credit to his recent offensive outburst to his center, Sidney Crosby.

“I'm fortunate enough to be getting points,” Kunitz said. “It's a tribute to playing with Sid. He's such a dominant player. When the puck is in his hands right now, good things are happening.”

Crosby and Kunitz each were a plus-4 against New Jersey on Saturday. Kunitz then scored four goals against the Capitals, three of which Crosby assisted.

The Penguins are noticing their top line is rounding into form.

“Those guys are all now flying,” right wing Craig Adams said.

Kunitz had a good feeling that the league would award him a fourth goal following the Washington game. Defenseman Paul Martin initially was given credit for the goal.

“We talked about it after,” Kunitz said. “Never in my career have I done that. It's nice. It's better because the team's on a little bit of a role right now.”

• The marketing of Evgeni Malkin has taken a big leap: His official website was unveiled Tuesday. The site — — will be presented in English and Russian. The site had been planned for months.

• In what probably will become a theme because of the hectic schedule facing the Penguins, coach Dan Bylsma made Tuesday's morning skate optional. Thirteen players opted to skate. The Penguins are in the midst of playing six games in nine days. Islanders coach Jack Capuano has decided to make all morning skates optional for his squad this season.

• Left wing Eric Tangradi, center Dustin Jeffrey and defenseman Ben Lovejoy were healthy scratches for the Penguins. Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo played in his fourth straight game.

— Josh Yohe

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