DALLAS – The Penguins might have ended the game on the short end of the ledger on Wednesday night in Dallas, but one player who had a good night against the Stars was forward Tyler Kennedy
, who before the game was promoted to the team’s second line alongside Evgeni Malkin
and Matt Cooke
Kenned scored the Penguins’ opening goal at 6:20 of the second period, his second goal in his past three games.
Following a forward faceoff win by Maxime Talbot, Kennedy jumped on the ensuing loose puck created and backhanded a shot through the legs of Dallas blueliner Matt Niskanen
and past goaltender Kari Lehtonen for his third tally of the season.
“All of their guys jumped towards the puck and it squirted out my way,” Kennedy said. “I just put a good shot on net.”
Earlier in the game, as the first period was winding down towards triple zeroes, Kennedy took exception to a late hit by Dallas forward Jamie Benn on Malkin by inviting the second-year player to drop the gloves.
“We thought that was kind of a cheap run at (Malkin),” Kennedy said. “He is a guy who hits and runs around. That is his job. Sometimes you have to stand up for your teammates.”
“I liked TK at the end of the first period,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “They really took a couple of liberties with ‘Geno.’ TK went right in there. … I liked the way all of our guys responded there.”
Sid Drops The Gloves Too
Kennedy wasn’t the only Penguin to drop the gloves against the Stars. In fact, he was one of four players to do so along with Kris Letang
, Chris Kunitz
and Sidney Crosby
Yes, you read that right – Sidney Crosby
Crosby squared off in the Dallas zone with Niskanen at the 12:33 mark of the second period. The Penguins captain appeared to get the better of the bout, landing several solid haymakers before dragging Niskanen to the ice.
“About five second before that (Brendan) Morrow squared off with Tanger (Kris Letang
),” Crosby said. “That was our response.”Milestone Contest for Adams
Penguins forward Craig Adams
achieved a personal milestone against the Stars as he appeared in his 600th career game.
“It means a lot and is something that I am proud of,” Adams said. “It takes a long time – longer for some guys than others. Hopefully, I’ll look back at it some day and be proud.”
Had forward Pascal Dupuis
not missed the game after returning to Pittsburgh to be with his wife, Carole-Lyne, as they celebrated the birth of the couple’s fourth child, Lola, the Penguins would have had two players playing in their 600th career game on the same night.