Perhaps my favorite Kunitz memory – and this is a little bit warped on my part – was the game against Nashville when Kunitz, barely provoked, dropped his gloves and started punching the closest guy to him – Marek Zidlicky. Zidlicky, bewildered at why he was suddenly in a fight, covered his face with his gloved hands to avoid the punches, but through some miracle in refereeing, both were given 5 minutes for fighting. I couldn’t stop laughing for the entire penalty.
"I wouldn’t say it’s a struggle playing with him, but Sid sees plays happening one or two steps ahead, and other guys don’t. It can frustrate him. I don’t think that by any means he gets on his linemates too bad, but he’s a superstar…."
Ouch - how is this for a kick in the jock:
"Gonchar (132) and Whitney (99) have combined to account for 71 percent of the Penguins' defensive scoring the past two seasons."