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"We've had contributions from everyone when we've had success and that's not going to change this year. If TK keeps having nights like this, I like our chances." Kennedy was supposed to start the season as the third-line checking center. But a groin injury to Petr Sykora lifted the 22-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, into a top-six role alongside Malkin and Staal. He didn't waste any time reassuring coach Michel Therrien he was the right guy for the sudden promotion, his first goal 40 seconds into the game opening the season in style. "The first one, I was glad to get that off my back, for one," said Kennedy, who went goalless in the playoffs last spring and hadn't scored since March 16, 2008, a span of 29 games. "He didn't score any goals in the playoffs for us, but his work ethic was there," said Therrien. "He was contributing in other ways. He brought energy and he was fighting for his teammates. What else can you ask for as a coach? He was doing everything that we asked him to do."
|Tyler Kennedy's two-goal performance ended a 29-game scoring drought that dated back to March 16, 2008.|
|Jason Spezza on his late-game gaffe: "I was just trying to win the hockey game and sometimes I get a little carried away and try to do it all myself."|