The NHL has its first four-goal game of the season, but it took some time to sort it out.
In the Penguins' 6-3 win on Sunday (recap) against the Capitals, forward Chris Kunitz finished off a hat trick with a 5-on-3 goal in the waning moments of the game. A few hats made their way onto the ice in Washington. Turns out, the celebration was way late.
On Monday, the NHL announced a scoring change on the Penguins' first tally of the game. Initially it had gone to Kunitz only to be switched to Paul Martin. But after further review, the NHL determined that the shot on goal was indeed deflected by Kunitz, and he was given credit.
Here is the goal in question:
As a result, Kunitz has the first four-goal game of his career (and none were of the empty-net variety, so bonus points for that). How rare is that? Well, for a franchise that has had Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby for a few years now, it's the first four-goal game by a Penguin since 2000 when Jaromir Jagr did it. You have to go back to Mario Lemieux in 1997 to find the last time a Penguin did it on the road.
What I'm wondering now is how many Fantasy Hockey final scores did this just flip?