Chris Kunitz LW PIT 4 months ago

Kunitz scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two helpers in Saturday's Game 2 win over the Rangers.

A dominant effort from Kunitz, who also dished out five hits and recorded a plus-2 rating. After being held pointless in Game 1, Kunitz was bumped up to Sidney Crosby's line for Game 2 and he didn't disappoint. With the series now tied 1-1, look for Kunitz and Crosby to continue to pile up points for Pittsburgh. If Kunitz can play like the 35-goal scorer he was in 2013-14, the Penguins could have a chance to get past the Rangers in the first round.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 5 months ago

Kunitz tallied a power-play goal in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over the Sharks.

The first-period tally gave Kunitz his first goal since Feb. 25 and his first point in 13 games. Though he has three 60-point campaigns on his resume (including a career-best 68-point output just last season), Kunitz makes for a tough activation at the moment while he remains stuck in a prolonged offensive slump.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 6 months ago

Kunitz picked up 14 penalty minutes in Sunday's loss to the Red Wings.

It's Kunitz's highest PIM total of the season, but it's likely not significant enough of an output for his fantasy owners to excuse him for his lack of scoring since the beginning of February. He's currently gone a season-long five games without a point, and has registered only one goal and seven assists over the last 20 games. With linemate Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) now nursing an injury, Kunitz's fortunes may not improve in the immediate future.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 6 months ago

Kunitz netted his 16th goal and assisted on a power-play marker Wednesday in Washington.

Kunitz could've had more points if not for goalie Braden Holtby's point-blank range robbery of Kunitz early in the first period. The veteran forward skated on Pittsburgh's No. 1 power-play unit over David Perron, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the two players flip-flop, given the team's struggles. Kunitz now has 16 goals and 37 points in 53 games.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 6 months ago

Kunitz was held pointless for the eighth time in 10 games Saturday.He finished plus-2 with three hits. In a move backed by coach Mike Johnston, Kunitz was moved off of Sidney Crosby's line. Although Crosby is a big proponent of Kunitz skating with him, the team likely needed a change. Kunitz played left wing with Evgeni Malkin and Blake Comeau, so it's not as if the veteran was demoted to a grinding line. Kunitz, who has scored 15 goals and 35 points in 51 games, is pointing at his lowest rate since his first full season in Pittsburgh back in 2009-10.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 7 months ago

Kunitz tallied three assists Friday for the first time since Feb. 11, 2011 against Winnipeg. "Chris Kunitz had one of the best games I've seen him play in a long time," Pens coach Mike Johnston told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He was skating and making plays."

The top line of Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and David Perron combined for eight points in a 4-0 win over Calgary on Friday. At 35, Kunitz may have lost step but he's playing his best hockey of the year right now. Keep in mind that it appears that he's the odd man out on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit when the team is healthy, though health has never been the team's strong suit.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 7 months ago

Kunitz's late third-period goal gave Pittsburgh a regulation tie in a game it would go on to win in overtime Friday.

Despite uneven production in 2014-15, Kunitz ranks second on the team with 15 goals and is tied with Evgeni Malkin for the team lead in power-play goals with eight. He registered only two shots on goal and one hit against the Devils, but with his six points (3G, 3A) in his last eight tilts.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 7 months ago

Kunitz potted his first short-handed goal of the season -- and fifth in 11 NHL seasons -- Tuesday against Philadelphia.

The left winger might not be the player he was a couple years ago, but he does have five goals and nine points in his last 12 games. He's also back seeing consistent time with Sidney Crosby, though that could change when Patric Hornqvist returns from IR in a couple weeks.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 8 months ago

Kunitz snapped a three-game scoreless slump with a power-play goal and an assist in Tuesday's win over the Wild.

Although this wasn't sorely needed production for the Pens, since they put up seven goals Tuesday, it's good to see Kunitz back on the board. The Pittsburgh offense generated just five goals over his three-game skid.

Chris Kunitz LW PIT 8 months ago

After a demotion to the team's third line in late December, coach Mike Johnston has returned Kunitz to the left wing spot next to Sidney Crosby in recent games.

Although he failed to register a point in Pittsburgh's 2-1 OT win Saturday, Kunitz played fairly well, setting up Crosby nicely for a one-timer. The 35-year-old has probably lost a step but is set to continue seeing opportunities with Crosby. It's possible that he moves to the Pens' second line when Patric Hornqvist returns, but Hornqvist isn't due back anytime soon.