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Sullivan on teaming with Malkin and Kennedy - 09-17-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

In the first scrimmage of the Penguins' training camp, the line of Tyler Kennedy, Evgeni Malkin and Steve Sullivan appeared to find some immediate chemistry as it combined for three goals. And that doesn't count the penalty shot goal by Malkin which was set up by a passing play between Kennedy and Sullivan.

The newest part of that trio, Sullivan, talked about his two new apparent linemates, adjusting to a new system and his potential role on the power play.

What is it like playing with Malkin and Kennedy?

"I think they've got really good chemistry. They know where they're going. It's just a matter of me stepping in and staying out of the way. Two guys who are very easy to play with."

Is Malkin comparable to anyone you've ever played with?

"No. Not that I've played with. He's a very special player. Especially with the puck. He's a very dynamic. He does a lot of unexpected things out there. I have to try and get used to that."

What are your impressions of Kennedy?

"He can sure shoot a puck. He knows how to get it to the areas. He's got a killer instinct when it comes to scoring goals."

How different is this system to the one you played with the Predators?

"I think every team stresses defense. Defense wins championships. I don't think we had the offense in Nashville to play any other style. We were very aggressive. We wanted to play a north-south game. We were very strong on the forecheck. We wanted to keep as much offensive zone time as possible. Sometimes we just didn't have the talent to get it done on a nightly basis. It's a little bit different style here. It's still the game of hockey. North-south. Just a little bit more talent here."

Have the coaches talked to you about a role on the power play yet?

"I think he wants to try me in a few different spots. I don't mind where I play. I think you have to find where the chemistry is going to be. If he wants to try me on the point, I would be comfortable there. I've played that before. My role in Nashville was to carry the puck up the ice. As long as I can fit in on the players on the ice, it works."

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