Series (Game 1 of 1)

Pittsburgh leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, December 13th
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Blue Jackets 3

(8-15-2, 22 pts)

Penguins 5

(7-16-2, 20 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 13, 2003

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
CBJ 2 1 03
PIT 2 2 15

T. Surovy (Penguins - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

A. Morozov (Penguins - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

B. Holzinger (Penguins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Columbus (8-14-4-2) at Pittsburgh (6-16-4-2) 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins try to avoid a sixth straight defeat when they host the road-troubled Columbus Blue Jackets at Mellon Arena on Saturday.

The Penguins went 0-4-0-1 on a road trip and are 1-6-0-1 in their last eight games.

Pittsburgh lost at Atlanta on Friday, 6-3, playing without rookie goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who is with Canada's World Junior championship team.

Sebastien Caron started instead and allowed four goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Jean-Sebastien Aubin with the Penguins tailing 4-3 in the second period.

The Blue Jackets are 0-9-1-1 away from Nationwide Arena - the only winless road mark in the league. Columbus is on a franchise-record road losing streak since beating Calgary on March 29.

Columbus is 0-2-1-1 since beating Anaheim on December 2, falling to St. Louis at home on Friday, 3-2 in overtime. Doug Weight scored the winning goal with nine seconds left after Keith Tkachuk got away with a crosscheck on Darryl Sydor.

Rick Nash scored his league-leading 19th goal for Columbus.

This is the only meeting between the teams this season. Columbus posted a 5-2 home win last December 31 in their only encounter last campaign.