Published on February 4th, 2013 | by James Conley0
Penguins’ Chris Kunitz Earns NHL Star of the Week Honors
Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Chris Kunitz was named the NHL’s second star of the week after potting five goals and eight points in four games, including a four-goal effort against the Washington Capitals Sunday afternoon.
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 starts to take the Atlantic Division lead. He 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, who tallied a career-high 26 goals in 82 games for the Penguins in 2011-12, has a club-leading six in nine games this season.
Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek (10 points in four games) was named the first star of the week, while Vancouver’s somehow-still-a-backup goaltender Roberto Luongo earned the week’s third star after posting a 2-0-1 record in three starts (0.95/.963).
Kunitz leads all Penguins skaters with five goals and ranks third on the team in total points (5-5-10), trailing only centers Sidney Crosby (4-9-13) and Evgeni Malkin (2-10-12).