Series (Game 1 of 1)

Minnesota leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, December 8th

Wild 5

(11-12-4, 26 pts)

Penguins 0

(7-15-6, 20 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 8, 2005

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
MIN 1 2 25
PIT 0 0 00

M. Gaborik (Wild - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Daigle (Wild - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Rolston (Wild - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Minnesota (10-12-4) at Pittsburgh (7-14-6) 7:30 pm EST

Minnesota (10-12-4) at Pittsburgh (7-14-6) 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- A dismal season became worse Wednesday for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With Mario Lemieux - the captain and the face of the franchise - hospitalized after experiencing an irregular heartbeat, the Penguins will try to concentrate on hockey when they host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

The 40-year-old Lemieux, a Hall of Famer and part owner of the club, was admitted to a hospital and monitored overnight Wednesday. He is listed as day-to-day but will not be available Thursday.

Lemieux's absence will not make things easier as Pittsburgh attempts to snap a five-game losing streak that has dropped the club into the Eastern Conference basement.

The Penguins have seen their sluggish offense bottom out, scoring just nine goals during the slide. The last three setbacks have come by just one goal, including Saturday's 3-2 loss to Calgary.

Rookie sensation Sidney Crosby scored his team-leading 13th goal in the loss.

The Wild have not fared much better of late, going 0-2-2 in their last four games while scoring just six times.

Pascal Dupuis was Minnesota's lone scorer in a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday, a decision that dropped the Wild to 0-2-1 on their current five-game road trip.