Penguins notebook: Sutter says he’ll adapt to playing with Malkin
Before Thursday’s game, center Brandon Sutter never had played on a line with Evgeni Malkin.
He never has played with anyone quite like Malkin, either.
“Not at all,” Sutter said. “It’s going to be a new experience for me.”
Malkin started the season at right wing, away from his customary center position. The move likely will be temporary, but as long as Sutter and Malkin are on the same line, Sutter will be in uncharted waters.
But he doesn’t mind.
“I know that I can’t change my game in any way,” Sutter said.
“Me and (left wing Pascal Dupuis) Duper can’t change what we do at all. Obviously it’s a good thing when Geno has the puck, but we aren’t going to force it to him or anything like that. He’ll find the puck.”
Sutter is fresh off a terrific training camp, and he scored five goals in 13 playoff games last season.
He was thrust into an important role Thursday. He was largely responsible for defending Anaheim’s star center, Ryan Getzlaf while also being asked to chip in offensively alongside Malkin.
“I feel good,” Sutter said. “I think it’ll be fine.”
Rough start for Perry
In his first game as an alternate captain for the Ducks, star right wing Corey Perry took the brunt of a collision with Malkin.
While skating in front of the Anaheim bench, Perry was clipped in the head by Malkin, who raised his right arm shortly before impact.
No penalty was called on the play despite complaints from the Ducks bench.
Perry situated himself on the bench but did not leave the game.
Earlier in the day, he spoke about being an alternate captain.
“It’s an honor,” Perry said. “I’m still going to be the same person. I’m not going to change. I was pretty vocal before, so I’m still going to be the same guy. To see guys who have worn it before in this organization, it’s a tremendous honor to be part of that group of players.”
Sill enjoys 1st home opener
Center Zach Sill, a veteran of 303 minor league games, played in his first NHL home opener Thursday.
He played 20 games with the Penguins last season, registering zero points but earning the respect of the organization because of his physical style and defensive play.
He played on the fourth line with Craig Adams and Steve Downie.
Around the ice
Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler received medical clearance Thursday morning and started for the Ducks. Fowler missed the team’s final preseason game because of a leg injury he suffered in practice. … Forward Andrew Ebbett and defenseman Taylor Chorney were healthy scratches for the Penguins.