Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Carolina leads 3-1

Game 1: Friday, October 7th
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SO
Hurricanes3
Game 2: Saturday, October 29th
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Penguins3
Game 3: Friday, February 10th
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Hurricanes3
Game 4: Saturday, March 4th
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Penguins 2

(0-1-1, 1 pts)

Hurricanes 3

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 7, 2005

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 SO T
PIT 0 0 2 02
CAR 2 0 0 13

C. Ward (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .933

C. Stillman (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Caron (Penguins - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .939

Pittsburgh (0-1-0) at Carolina (0-1-0) 7:00 pm EDT

Pittsburgh (0-1-0) at Carolina (0-1-0), 7:00 pm EDT

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - The Sidney Crosby road show continues Friday when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Carolina Hurricanes in a matchup of teams looking for their first victory of the season.

The 18-year-old Crosby, who was a much-heralded No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, made his highly anticipated NHL debut in the Penguins' 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Crosby did not disappoint and showed he belonged, assisting on Mark Recchi's power-play tally in the third period that got the Penguins on the board. Crosby managed three shots in nearly 16 minutes of play.

However, the rookie was one of many who were stymied by star goalie Martin Brodeur, who made 36 saves, including many in the opening minutes when Pittsburgh failed to convert a string of power-play opportunities.

The Penguins, who ranked fifth in power-play scoring in 2003-04, were just 1-of-11 with an extra man and lost on star center Mario Lemieux's 40th birthday.

The Hurricanes were forced to endure a pre-game ceremony to honor the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2004 Stanley Cup win and then were blitzed by the defending champions in a 5-2 loss Wednesday.

The Lightning scored just 81 seconds in and had a 3-1 lead after one period en route to a comfortable win.

Radim Vrbata and Eric Staal both scored unassisted goals for the Hurricanes, who were without newly acquired left wing Ray Whitney. Whitney was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a groin strain.

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