Pens Thrilled for Teammates Crosby and Kunitz

Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 2:18 PM
Michelle Crechiolo

Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo didn’t even need his alarm to wake up for the big Gold Medal Game between Canada and Sweden this morning at 7 a.m.

“I woke up right around 7,” he said. “I threw it on and it was great. It was an exciting game.”

Bortuzzo and the rest of the Penguins watched their teammates Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each score unassisted goals to help Canada defeat Sweden, 3-0, to win gold for the second straight Winter Olympic Games. It was the first medal for Kunitz and the second for Crosby.

And regardless of what country they’re from, all of the Pens back in Pittsburgh were thrilled to not only watch Crosby and Kunitz win gold, but to step up and deliver with huge goals at huge moments in a huge game.

“They played well, it was great to see my teammates score goals and contribute and for them to be a big part of it,” Bortuzzo said. "Being Canadian, it’s great. It means a lot to the nation, and to see my teammates have success would be one of the happier things for myself.”

“Seeing their smiles on their faces was pretty special,” forward James Neal said. “Being Canadian and knowing how much it means to represent your country, all the fans in Canada watching, it would have been something special. And they did a great job. They came up big at the biggest time of the tournament, so good for them and excited to have them back.”

“It was fun to watch and I think (Crosby and Kunitz) had a good tournament,” said goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who won gold representing Team Canada in the last Olympic Games. “I’m happy for those two guys to get those two goals.”

American-born defenseman Matt Niskanen jokingly referenced the talk surrounding Crosby and Kunitz for being goalless going into the game, saying, “I was definitely pulling for the U.S. the other day, but once Canada got to that gold medal game, I was really pulling for Sid to get another gold, Kuni to get his first and for them to score.

“And they both scored really nice goals. That was fun to see. Really happy for them. Not that they really care what all the experts out there think, but it was nice to see them show them. Good showing for them and the Pittsburgh Penguins were represented pretty well too.”

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