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A modest Chris Kunitz told reporters after the Penguins beat the Bruins 6-4 Sunday afternoon that he did not deserve the hat trick he was credited with. Upon further review after the game, officials took his third period goal away and handed it to former Bruins defensman Sergei Gonchar.
“I didn’t hit the puck, the replay might look like that but I didn’t hit the puck,” Kunitz said. “I’m not highly skilled with the puck. I just kind of go and get it and give it away, but the puck comes back to you (if a player works hard).”
Kunitz still helped the Penguins with two goals in the win over the Bruins. Boston’s loss and current 4-5-1 stretch over the last 10 games cut the Bruins lead over second place New Jersey to six points in the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins rallied from 3-2 and 2-1 deficits to run their loss-less streak to 10 games (8-0-2).
Former Bruin Bill Guerin got the scoring started with his 18th goal just 50 seconds into the game. 16 seconds later, new Bruin Mark Recchi knotted the score at 1-1. Phil Kessel added his 31st goal 10 minutes later, and Kunitz responded six minutes later to tie it 2-2.
The Bruins took a 3-2 lead on Blake Wheeler’s second period goal, which they held until Gonchar’s goal less than a minute into the third period. The Pens finally took a 4-3 lead on Kunitz’s second goal 20 seconds later.
Michael Ryder tied the game less than three minutes later, but the Pens pulled away with Petr Sykora’s game-winning goal at 9:29. Jordan Staal added an empty-netter to get the Pens the 6-4 win.
Tim Thomas finished with 28 saves in the loss.
The Bruins next face the Kings on Thursday for the first time this season.