Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz
and the rest of his teammates were given the day off on Tuesday by head coach Dan Bylsma. That didn’t prevent Kunitz from picking up his 12th goal of the season – and more importantly – the 100th tally of his career.
On Monday night it appeared Kunitz had picked up the milestone tally when he was originally given credited for Penguins lone goal against the Detroit Red Wings with 3:06 to play in the second period. During a scrum around the Detroit net he and Pascal Dupuis
teamed up to tap a bouncing puck under Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard from the side of the cage.
However, when the official scorers at Joe Louis Arena reviewed the goal between periods, they gave the goal to Dupuis.
The goal stood as Dupuis’ tally until Tuesday afternoon when Dupuis alerted members of the Penguins’ communication staff that he did not touch the puck and that Kunitz should receive credit for the goal.
The scoring summary now reads Kunitz notching his 12th goal of the season with Dupuis netting the helper.
Following the scoring change, Kunitz now has 12 goals and 18 assists on the season while Dupuis has 17 goals and 16 assists.
This is the second time in 18 days a member of the Penguins has unselfishly alerted team officials of a scoring change.
During the Penguins’ 5-4 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on March 4, Jordan Staal
was originally awarded Pittsburgh’s game-winning goal in overtime, which would have been his second goal of the game. Evgeni Malkin
was later credited with the goal after Staal said he never touched Malkin’s one-timer from the right circle.