Series (Game 2 of 4)

Florida leads 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, October 25th
Game 2: Friday, November 25th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 29th
Game 4: Friday, April 7th

Penguins 3

(7-10-6, 20 pts)

Panthers 6

(7-12-4, 18 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 25, 2005

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
PIT 1 2 03
FLA 4 2 06

O. Jokinen (Panthers - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

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

G. Roberts (Panthers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Pittsburgh (7-9-6) at Florida (6-12-4) 7:30 pm EST

Pittsburgh (7-9-6) at Florida (6-12-4) 7:30 pm EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- The Florida Panthers hope to avoid matching the longest losing streak in franchise history Friday, when they host rookie phenom Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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 second.

Palffy tallied twice in the contest for the Penguins, who have gone 7-5-1 since opening the season with nine straight defeats.