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Kennedy propels Penguins past Senators

Oct 5, 2008 - 1:05 AM STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Ticker) -- Tyler Kennedy scored his second goal of the game with 25 seconds remaining in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins opened the regular season with a 4-3 triumph over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Evgeni Malkin added a shorthanded tally and defenseman Rob Scuderi scored for the first time in 96 contests for Pittsburgh, which will look to complete a two-game sweep when the teams meet again Sunday at the Globe Arena as part of NHL Premiere 2008.

Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist and Shean Donovan and Dany Heatley also tallied for Ottawa, which is looking to rebound after being swept by the Penguins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last season.

In overtime, Kennedy stripped Spezza of the puck at center ice, raced up the left wing and - using defenseman Jason Smith as a screen - unleashed a shot which sailed past goaltender Martin Gerber for the game-winner.

"I'm glad to get it off my back for one, and for the second I'm just excited to help the team win and get the season on a roll here," Kennedy said.

"He (Spezza) just kicked the puck up and I just tried to get the puck toward the net and shoot as hard as I can. I try to get as many pucks on the goal as I can, and tonight they went in."

Kennedy opened the scoring 40 seconds into the contest after skating out from behind the net and quickly wristing a sharp-angle shot which sailed past Gerber and under the crossbar.

While Kennedy tallied twice in one game, Scuderi found the back of the net for the first time since February 16, 2007 in a 5-4 triumph over the New Jersey Devils.

With Ottawa clinging to a 3-2 lead just 3:57 into the third period, Scuderi took a brilliant cross-ice feed from captain Sidney Crosby. The blue-liner quickly unleashed a shot which sailed past an out-of-position Gerber to level the contest.

For Scuderi, it was his third goal in 220 career games.

"It was a longshot," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said with a laugh. "He's a good defensive defenseman, but it's nice to see that kind of contribution. It was a big goal for us."

Although the Penguins received a shorthanded goal from Malkin, the team struggled with the man-advantage. Pittsburgh, which was woeful on its five power-play opportunities in the first period, finished 0-for-7 in the game.

"Obviously, on the power play, we could have been more productive - but we're not going to panic," Therrien said. "We've got quality people on our power play. We'll make adjustments."

"They've been giving a lot of teams trouble with their penalty killing," Crosby said of Ottawa. "You have to be patient against them. There's no doubt we need to be better. We've had a successful power play in the past. It takes practice and it takes execution."

Defenseman Filip Kuba had two assists and Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had a team-high six shots in his return to his native Sweden.

"It was a pretty neat night," Alfredsson said. "It was definitely a special experience.

"With it being a regular-season game, there was a lot more intensity out there. Both teams wanted to win today. There were a lot of chances being traded, especially in the third period."








  • AT STOCKHOLM
    NHL FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1 1 1 4
    OTTAWA 1 2 0 0 3 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 1 (JORDAN STAAL) 0:40
    OTT - SHEAN DONOVAN 1 (DEAN MCAMMOND, FILIP KUBA) 9:13
    2ND PRD: PIT - (SH) EVGENI MALKIN 1 (UNASSISTED) 3:18
    OTT - (

    Oct 4 5:28 PM


  • AT STOCKHOLM
    NHL PITTSBURGH 4
    OTTAWA 3
    OT: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 2 (UNASSISTED) 4:35

    Penguins 4, Senators 3  End of OTOct 4 5:27 PM
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    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1 1 3
    OTTAWA 1 2 0 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 1 (JORDAN STAAL) 0:40
    OTT - SHEAN DONOVAN 1 (DEAN MCAMMOND, FILIP KUBA) 9:13
    2ND PRD: PIT - (SH) EVGENI MALKIN 1 (UNASSISTED) 3:18
    OTT - (PP) DANY HEATLEY 1 (JASON SPE

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  • AT STOCKHOLM
    NHL PITTSBURGH 3
    OTTAWA 3
    3RD PRD: PIT - ROB SCUDERI 1 (SIDNEY CROSBY, MIROSLAV SATAN) 3:56

    Penguins 3, Senators 3  3rd - 16:04Oct 4 4:53 PM


  • AT STOCKHOLM
    NHL END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 2
    OTTAWA 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 1 (JORDAN STAAL) 0:40
    OTT - SHEAN DONOVAN 1 (DEAN MCAMMOND, FILIP KUBA) 9:13
    2ND PRD: PIT - (SH) EVGENI MALKIN 1 (UNASSISTED) 3:18
    OTT - (PP) DANY HEATLEY 1 (JASON SPEZZ

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    OTTAWA 3
    2ND PRD: OTT - (SH) JASON SPEZZA 1 (ANTON VOLCHENKOV) 17:55

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    OTTAWA 2
    2ND PRD: OTT - (PP) DANY HEATLEY 1 (JASON SPEZZA, FILIP KUBA) 12:15

    Penguins 2, Senators 2  2nd - 7:45Oct 4 4:14 PM


  • AT STOCKHOLM
    NHL PITTSBURGH 2
    OTTAWA 1
    2ND PRD: PIT - EVGENI MALKIN 1 (UNASSISTED) 3:18

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  • AT STOCKHOLM
    NHL END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1
    OTTAWA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 1 (JORDAN STAAL) 0:40
    OTT - SHEAN DONOVAN 1 (DEAN MCAMMOND, FILIP KUBA) 9:13
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PIT 10 10
    OT

    Oct 4 3:32 PM


  • AT STOCKHOLM
    NHL PITTSBURGH 1
    OTTAWA 1
    1ST PRD: OTT - SHEAN DONOVAN 1 (DEAN MCAMMOND, FILIP KUBA) 9:13

    Penguins 1, Senators 1  1st - 10:47Oct 4 3:07 PM


  • AT STOCKHOLM
    NHL PITTSBURGH 1
    OTTAWA 0
    1ST PRD: PIT - TYLER KENNEDY 1 (JORDAN STAAL) 0:40

    Penguins 1, Senators 0  1st - 19:20Oct 4 2:54 PM
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