Skip to content

Scoring change gives Pens’ Kunitz 4-goal game (with video)

Feb 5, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

As it turns out, 33-year-old forward Chris Kunitz had more than a hat trick in their 6-3 victory against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Due to a scoring change involving the Pittsburgh Penguins’ opening goal, Kunitz has now been credited with an incredible four goals in a single contest, according to the Penguins’ official website.

The goal was initially given to defenseman Paul Martin, but it was later determined that Chris Kunitz redirected it.

If you want to see what happened for yourself, you can watch them play below:

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

Kunitz’s four-goal game is something that Sidney Crosby, James Neal, and Evgeni Malkin have never accomplished in a Penguins’ uniform. The last Pittsburgh player to find the back of the net four times in a single game was Jaromir Jagr on Oct. 14, 2000.

Of course, Kunitz not only scored four goals, but he did so on the road. The last time that happened for Pittsburgh was on Jan. 26, 1997 when Mario Lemieux victimized the Montreal Canadiens.

  1. spavs412 - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Sid wasn’t leaving his ht to a stat correction. Sid saw a chance to help a teammate and forced him the puck that last pp. Why the caps didn’t just cover Kunitz is beyond me, he was the reason we put the #1 unit out at the end

  2. jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    it was pretty clear to me watching the game that he got it. good for kunitz, team mvp so far.

    • bmscalise - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Really? Kunitz had a great weekend, but he looked terrible for the first few games – not scoring, taking stupid penalties, and some really abysmal, uncharacteristic turnovers. The fact that he and Sid weren’t initially clicking was the biggest reason the Pens’ offense couldn’t sustain pressure. Now they have their chemistry back – and the Pens are rolling.

      This isn’t to bash Kunitz – who is underappreciated and so important – but to acknowledge why the Pens looked bad early on and weren’t scoring (by their standards). The rest of the league should take note – and look out. Sid and Kunie are finally rolling.

      If you want a true “MVP” for 9 games (for whatever that’s worth) – it would be Martin and Orpik. That pairing has been so stable – and more consistent than anyone else. Everyone else (Sid, Kunie, Neal, Geno) has had poor stretches.

      • killerpgh - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM


  3. miketoasty - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Kind of funny, but not that it matters. In one game Kunitz was able to score more goals than these players have all season: Claude Giroux, Martin Havlat, Martin St. Louis, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, and Rick Nash.

    Again not that it matters, but it is funny to see a perennial 20 goal scorer go off like this.

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Four goals is amazing…Crosby hasn’t done it, Malkin hasn’t done it, and that boy is still as underrated as they come. Good for him –

  5. capsfan19 - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Gee thats just great. Go on pierre mcguire slob on some penguin knob!

    • jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      pierre slobs on whatever knob is in front of him at the time

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        jpelle has a point.

  6. xavier46 - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    capsfan19 – for that to happen, the capitals would have to get off the penguin knob. if you watched the game, I think they’re still on it.

  7. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Dear NHL, review every goal in Toronto as they happen and adjust scoring changes by the end of the night please and thanks. I don’t mean pause the game to review, just get the official and correct scoring done the same night. Some of us are wagering $ on nightly basis on daily fantasy sites and this type of stuff happening is a real bummer. Besides it’s 2013 out there.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (1782)
  2. P. Kessel (1686)
  3. M. Richards (1440)
  4. P. Datsyuk (1267)
  5. N. Backstrom (1163)