Final

Series (Game 1 of 8)

Series tied 4-4

Game 1: Thursday, November 3rd
Penguins5Final
Islanders1
Game 2: Monday, November 14th
Islanders3Final
SO
Penguins2
Game 3: Thursday, January 26th
Penguins3Final
SO
Islanders4
Game 4: Saturday, February 4th
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SO
Penguins4
Game 5: Friday, March 24th
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OT
Penguins4
Game 6: Friday, March 31st
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Islanders0
Game 7: Saturday, April 15th
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SO
Islanders5
Game 8: Monday, April 17th
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Penguins6

Penguins 5

(3-5-5, 11 pts)

Islanders 1

(6-7-0, 12 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 3, 2005

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
PIT 2 2 15
NYI 0 1 01

S. Crosby (Penguins - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

M. Lemieux (Penguins - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Z. Palffy (Penguins - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Pittsburgh (2-5-5) at NY Islanders (6-6-0) 7:00 pm EST

Pittsburgh (2-5-5) at NY Islanders (6-6-0), 7:00 pm EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- After their dismal start, the Pittsburgh Penguins will have their second chance in a week for a second consecutive win when they visit the New York Islanders on Thursday.

The last remaining winless team in the NHL, the Penguins earned win No. 1 last Thursday against Atlanta, only to fall to Carolina two nights later.

Pittsburgh showed that first win was not an aberration by rebounding with a 4-3 overtime win at New Jersey on Tuesday, kicking off a season five-game road trip.

Sergei Gonchar's fifth goal of the season 61 seconds into extra session sealed the victory, the Penguins' first in six road games.

Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist and rookie Maxime Talbot notched a shorthanded tally in the third period for Pittsburgh, which is 2-7-2 against New York over the last two seasons.

Despite their tough start in October, the Penguins saw rookie sensation Sidney Crosby earn an individual honor by being named NHL Rookie of the Month on Wednesday. Crosby had two goals and 12 assists in October and enters Thursday's action tied with Recchi for the team lead with 15 points.

Crosby will contend with an Islanders squad that has split its first two games of a three-game homestand after Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win against Boston.

New York allowed a game-tying goal late in regulation but returned the favor when Shawn Bates scored with just 29 seconds left in the extra session, lifting the Islanders to their fourth win in six games at home.

Defenseman Janne Niinimaa scored his first goal of the season and added his second assist Tuesday. Garth Snow made 29 saves in his second start of the year.

Starting goaltender Rick DiPietro was sidelined with a bruised right knee but should be available Thursday.

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