Series Over? The Penguins welcome back Sidney Crosby Friday night and look for a 2-0 series lead on the Islanders. From Elias: If history is an indicator, the outcome of this series might be decided. From 1954-2012, there were 31 best-of-seven NHL series in which the home team won the first game by a margin of five goals or more. In all 31 instances, the Game 1 winner won the series.