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Penguins notebook: Simple works for Kennedy

| Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' James Neal plays against the Islanders on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.

Simple works for Kennedy

Tyler Kennedy knows what to do.

“They want me to keep it simple with the puck, try to dump it in, get on pucks, hang onto pucks in the offensive zone,” Kennedy said Monday after the Penguins' optional practice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Kennedy has yet to play in the playoffs. He was a regular for the Penguins in the previous five postseasons. Kennedy, an impending restricted free agent, scored five goals in 13 games over the past two postseasons.

He was one of the last players off the ice after practice Monday — often a sign of inactivity for the next game.

Coach Dan Bylsma is not discussing his lineup as part of the club's new playoff policy, which also includes no information on injuries.

Neal finishes

Right winger James Neal lasted the entire practice, a first since hurting his right ankle in Game 1. He has not played since. Neal no longer is walking with a noticeable limp.

The practice did not include centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, wingers Matt Cooke, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis; defensemen Kris Letang, Matt Niskanen and Mark Eaton; and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Penalties down

The Penguins have taken 17 penalties through three games against the Islanders. They had 22 penalties through three games last postseason.

— Rob Rossi

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