Since posting a 4-3 overtime victory over the Penguins on
October 25, the Panthers have dropped 12 straight decisions. The
club lost a franchise-record 13 straight games from February
7-March 23, 1998.
Florida inched closer to matching that string of futility with
Wednesday's 5-1 setback to the New Jersey Devils.
Defenseman Sean Hill scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who
pulled star goaltender Roberto Luongo after he allowed five
goals in under than 25 minutes.
Pittsburgh scored four goals in the opening period Tuesday but
barely held on for a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals.
The 18-year-old Crosby scored his 11th goal in the first session
and assisted on Ziggy Palffy's eventual game-winner in the
Palffy tallied twice in the contest for the Penguins, who have
gone 7-5-1 since opening the season with nine straight defeats.