Series (Game 4 of 4)

Florida leads 4-0

Game 1: Friday, November 7th
Game 2: Saturday, November 15th
Game 3: Thursday, February 12th
Game 4: Friday, February 20th

Panthers 2

(21-25-3, 57 pts)

Penguins 0

(11-41-4, 31 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 20, 2004

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
FLA 0 2 02
PIT 0 0 00

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Kolnik (Panthers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. Huselius (Panthers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Florida (20-25-10-3) at Pittsburgh (11-40-5-4) 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins can match the longest losing streak in NHL history on Friday when they open a two-game homestand against the Florida Panthers.

The Penguins have lost a franchise-record 16 consecutive games, becoming the third team in NHL history to lose more than 15 in a row. They are one loss shy of the league record shared by the 1974-75 Washington Capitals and the 1992-93 San Jose Sharks.

Pittsburgh has already set an NHL record with 12 consecutive losses at home, falling to 7-19-3-0 at Mellon Arena this season.

The Penguins' road losing streak reached seven games with a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

Tomas Surovy, Ric Jackman and Milan Kraft scored for Pittsburgh, which fell to 0-15-1 since posting its last victory over Philadelphia on January 12.

The Penguins lost the debut of rookie goaltender Andy Chiodo, who stopped 30 shots in his first NHL start.

Florida improved to 0-2-1 on a six-game road trip with a 1-1 victory over the BUffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Marcus Nilson scored the tying goal with 10:27 left in regulation and Roberto Luongo stopped 41 shots for the Panthers, which is 3-5-2 in their last 10 games.

Florida has won its first two meetings with Pittsburgh this season - both at home - by a combined score of 11-4.