Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Florida leads 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, October 25th
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OT
Penguins3
Game 2: Friday, November 25th
Penguins3Final
Panthers6
Game 3: Wednesday, March 29th
Panthers5Final
Penguins3
Game 4: Friday, April 7th
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Panthers1

Panthers 4

(6-4-0, 12 pts)

Penguins 3

(0-4-5, 5 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 25, 2005

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 2 0 1 14
PIT 1 0 2 03

S. Weiss (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: .927

S. Crosby (Penguins - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Florida (5-4-0) at Pittsburgh (0-4-4) 7:30 pm EDT

Florida (5-4-0) at Pittsburgh (0-4-4) 7:30 pm EDT

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- If Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins want to finally notch their elusive first win of the season, they will have to do it against one of the top goaltenders in the NHL.

Crosby and the Penguins hope to snap their season-opening eight-game winless skid on Tuesday when they host star netminder Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers.

Pittsburgh's woes continued last Saturday as the Boston Bruins scored four goals in the second period en route to an easy 6-3 victory. Crosby was the one bright spot for the Penguins, registering a pair of assists in the final session.

Although he has posted a plus-minus rating of minus-2, Crosby seems to have had no trouble adapting to the NHL. The rookie phenom has scored a team-leading 11 points and has registered at least one point in seven of his first eight games.

Despite boasting an explosive offense and an adequate power-play unit, Pittsburgh has been one of the league's worst defensive clubs. The Penguins have surrendered 39 goals - the second-highest total in the NHL - and have killed off less than 79 percent of their penalties.

Those numbers do not bode well for a Pittsburgh team that has to face Luongo, who owns the fourth-best save percentage in the league. After allowing eight goals over a two-game stretch last week, Luongo bounced back with a big performance on Thursday.

A finalist for the Vezina Trophy in 2003-04, Luongo stopped 29 shots as the Panthers posted a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Mike Van Ryn netted the game-winning tally for Florida, which has dropped three of its four road games this year.

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