Series (Game 1 of 1)

San Jose leads 1-0

Game 1: Friday, February 27th

Penguins 2

(12-43-4, 33 pts)

Sharks 4

(31-16-6, 79 pts)

10:30 PM ET, February 27, 2004

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
PIT 0 0 22
SJ 1 1 24

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Sturm (Sharks - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

B. Stuart (Sharks - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Pittsburgh (12-42-5-4) at San Jose (30-16-11-6) 10:30 pm EST

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- After snapping a team-record 18-game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

The Penguins had been 0-17-0-1 since a 2-1 win at Philadelphia on January 12 before rallying from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 overtime win at Phoenix on Wednesday. The NHL was not recognizing it as a record since the skid included an overtime loss but the streak officially was the longest in league history without a win or tie.

The Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks share the NHL mark with 17 straight regulation losses during the 1974-75 and 1992-93 seasons, respectively.

Pittsburgh's 18th straight loss was Sunday's 6-3 home setback to the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins avoided a 19th straight loss when defenseman Ric Jackman scored on a deflection 1:48 into overtime at Phoenix.

"We all breathed and now we can smile and not worry about everything," rookie left wing Ryan Malone said Wednesday. "The celebration felt like a ton of bricks was lifted of our back."

Pittsburgh has won consecutive games just twice this season, most recently on December 13 and 16 when it beat Columbus and Buffalo respectively.

San Jose had won four of five before Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss at Vancouver. Marco Sturm scored for the third straight game and has five goals and four assists during a six-game points streak,

The Sharks have won five straight home games and lead Dallas by six points in the Pacific Division.

Defenseman Kyle McLaren and Mike Ricci may be out for the Sharks. Ricci suffered a shoulder injury and McLaren took a puck to the forehead.

San Jose is 7-1-1 in its last nine games with the Penguins.