Series (Game 1 of 1)

Pittsburgh leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, December 10th

Avalanche 3

(16-11-3, 35 pts)

Penguins 4

(8-15-6, 22 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 10, 2005

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
COL 1 1 13
PIT 2 1 14

M. Recchi (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Talbot (Penguins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Colorado (16-10-3) at Pittsburgh (7-15-6) 7:30 pm EST

Colorado (16-10-3) at Pittsburgh (7-15-6) 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) The Pittsburgh Penguins' 2005-06 campaign has not gone the way rookie sensation Sidney Crosby had expected.

Crosby and the Penguins look to rebound from one of their worst losses of the season when they host the red-hot Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Despite getting phenomenal overall play from Crosby, Pittsburgh has stumbled to the worst record in the Eastern Conference over the season's first 2 1/2 months.

With Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux sidelined with an irregular heartbeat, the struggling Penguins will need Crosby to perform better than ever. The 18-year-old phenom leads Pittsburgh in goals (13) and points and leads all NHL rookies with 16 assists.

The Penguins hope to bounce back from an embarrassing 5-0 loss at the hands of the offensively-challenged Minnesota Wild on Thursday. It was the third five-goal loss of the season for Pittsburgh, which has dropped six in a row and 10 of its last 13.

Conversely, Colorado has played well over the last two weeks, winning five of its last seven and it will carry in some momentum from a 4-3 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

Andrew Brunette tallied twice in the opening period and Joe Sakic added a goal in the session to extend his points streak to eight games.