Kunitz delivers for Penguins
Penguins LW Chris Kunitz did not record a point Wednesday in Game 1, but his contribution to a victory was measurable in hits (four) and takeaways (two).
Kunitz, a Cup-winner with Anaheim in 2007, flashed championship qualities similar to former Penguins winger Marian Hossa - notably fierce back-checking and willingness to work along the boards to win possession.
Early in the first period Wednesday, Kunitz caught Flyers D Kimmo Timonen with a check that left Philadelphia's top defenseman with a lower-body injury. Timonen said the injury affected him and that he expected it to affect him again tonight.
Flyers C Mike Richards finished with an assist Wednesday, but his 23-plus minutes paced forwards from either team and there is thought that he might be wearing down.
Richards is the heart and soul of his club, but at 5-foot-11 and only 183 pounds, he is, perhaps, not built for the grind the Flyers have experienced of late. Their Game 1 loss was the Flyers' 11th contest in 21 days, and Richards has scored only two goals and has just seven points during that span.
Two telling stats for Richards from Game 1: He lost 10 of 14 face-offs and missed seven shots.
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