UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- What a weekend for Zach Kunitz.
First, he got the game ball at his T-ball outing. Then the 4-year-old got to talk to his dad on a celebratory phone call and hear all about what it's like to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"First one. It feels really good," Penguins winger Chris Kunitz said in the Nassau Coliseum visiting locker room Sunday before he got a chance to make that call to his family.
Kunitz scored at 8:44 of overtime, his second power-play goal of the game, to lift the Penguins past the Islanders, 5-4.
The left winger isn't one to gush or talk much about himself, but he sported a wide grin and allowed himself to express a little relief and happiness in the moments after the game.
But only for a few seconds. Then he launched into a tale of redemption.
The Penguins had overcome an early two-goal deficit, took a two-goal lead of their own, then lost that lead in the third period before Kunitz finally decided it.
Kunitz blamed himself for a play he made in the Islanders end just before New York's John Tavares scored the tying goal, leading to Josh Bailey carrying the puck up the other way.
"My fault on the fourth goal," Kunitz said. "I didn't put it deep. I put it wide. They moved it up quick and Tavares had a great one-on-one, good shot.
"It's something that you regret. I was just fortunate enough to get one back in overtime to make up for it."
His winning goal was helped along by linemate Sidney Crosby in multiple ways. Crosby drew a holding call to defenseman Brian Strait, a former Penguins prospect, to set up a power play at 8:11 of overtime.
"I think I pulled up looking for someone and I couldn't really find anything through the middle, so I just tried to take it to the net," Crosby said. "He just kind of wrapped me up."
Once the power play got going, Crosby was working down low and got a pass from point man Paul Martin. Crosby fed the puck to Kunitz, who scored from the left hash marks to win it.
"That was pretty much all him," Crosby said of Kunitz. "He did a great job of finding an open area. [Martin] gave us time by making the play he made."
Kunitz was equally magnanimous. He and Crosby are reunited -- along with right winger Pascal Dupuis, who scored the Penguins' third goal off of a Crosby setup -- since Crosby returned for Game 2 after missing more than a month because of a broken jaw.
"He brings such a presence to us on the ice," Kunitz said of Crosby. "The calmness when he has the puck, [going to] areas to bring guys to him.
"If I can find a soft area like [on] the game-winner, he's putting it on a tee for me. I just have to put it on net. It's great to have him back. It doesn't seem like he [has] missed too much time."
Third-line winger Matt Cooke said they're both right.
"They played well all year for us," he said. "Now they're back together and it looks like they haven't missed a beat."
Kunitz, 33, who won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009, has been steady and this season hung with several of the NHL leaders in offense. He finished seventh with 52 points, eighth with 22 goals, tied for ninth with a .195 shooting percentage and second with a plus-minus rating of plus-30.
His goals and points, which came in a season shortened to 48 games because of a lockout, give him six seasons of 20-plus goals and five seasons of 50 or more points in his career.
Kunitz had no points in the first two games of this best-of-seven series, though, before scoring the Penguins' tying goal, making it 2-2 at 13:37 of the first period.
It came 19 seconds after Jarome Iginla scored while the Penguins had a five-on-three advantage.
Evgeni Malkin, from his own end, set up Kunitz for a breakaway. Kunitz scorched Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on his glove side.
"Timely, I guess you would call it," Kunitz said. "Down two, you get two big plays. Five-on-three, we were very fortunate to get one in there, and then come back and get another one quickly. It was a great pass by [Malkin]."
For much more on the Penguins, read the Pens Plus blog with Dave Molinari and Shelly Anderson at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Shelly Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly. First Published May 6, 2013 4:00 AM