Penguins notebook: Kunitz credits Crosby for scoring surge
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 — www.71malkin.com — 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
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins GM prepares for emotional series against Carolina
- Penguins notebook: Bennett to miss about 2 weeks
- Comeau’s hat trick leads Penguins; Crosby reaches 800 career points
- Penguins’ Scuderi, Despres an odd couple on defense
- Penguins games therapeutic for Carnegie toddler with rare gene mutation
- Mears savors success, credits legendary Lange for guidance, inspiration
- Fleury collects career win No. 300 in crucial game against Bruins
- Ehrhoff finding his way with Penguins
- Penguins notebook: Bennett status remains fluid