NHL NEWS & NOTES Kunitz named NHL second star of the week: For the week ending February 3rd, Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz was named the NHL’s second star, the league announced today. Thomas Vanek took home the No. 1 star and Roberto Luongo was named No. 3 star of the week. Kunitz tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in four games, including a pair of game-winning goals, as the Penguins (6-3-0) won three of four games to take the Atlantic Division lead. Kunitz recorded one assist in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders Jan. 29, tallied one goal, two assists and a +4 rating in a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 2 and he finished the week with the first four-goal game of his NHL career on four shots in a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals Feb. 3. Kunitz has a club-leadingRead More »
The Penguins are in the driver’s seat in their first round Stanley Cup playoff series against Tampa. But some questions still hang over Game Five as Pittsburgh enters Consol Energy Center (Saturday, 12:00pm) with a 3-1 series lead. Here are five things to look out for heading into Game Five: 1. The forward line-up: Chris Kunitz will be back. And his all-around game at wing will be a welcomed addition. But who sits? It probably won’t be anyone from the Asham-Adams-Rupp line with the way that line is playing. So look for either Eric Tangradi or Chris Conner to be scratched. Clearly Penguin management is intrigued by Tangradi’s size and upside. And he did provide a nice screen on Tyler Kennedy’s power play goal. So, especially on the man-up unit, Tangradi may reap more rewards. But if Kunitz is back, Tangradi may not get on the power play at all.
Wilkes Barre _ In a team scrimmage that had over 8,000 fans in attendance, defenseman Alex Goligoski netted a hat trick to lead team Black (Rosters Link) to a 3-2 win Thursday night. Team Gold struck first on the power play as winger Luca Caputi developed a net presence and put a shot past goaltender Brent Johnson at 15:10 of the first period . Assist went to Dustin Jeffrey who controlled the puck behind the net and found Caputi in the slot who fell to his knee when he shot the puck. Caputi spent most of the game on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko, earning the games #2 star. Team Black responded after Joey Haddad was called for a tripping penalty at 5:49 of the first. Alex Goligoski who will get a strong shot to run the left point on the 1st power play, read the situationRead More »