Final

Series (Game 2 of 8)

New Jersey leads 5-3

Game 1: Wednesday, October 5th
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Game 2: Thursday, October 20th
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Game 3: Tuesday, November 1st
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OT
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Game 4: Thursday, December 29th
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Game 5: Saturday, March 11th
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Game 6: Thursday, March 16th
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Game 7: Sunday, April 2nd
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OT
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Game 8: Wednesday, April 5th
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Devils 6

(4-3-0, 8 pts)

Penguins 3

(0-3-4, 4 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 20, 2005

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
NJ 2 2 26
PIT 0 2 13

B. Gionta (Devils - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

S. Gomez (Devils - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Mogilny (Devils - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

New Jersey (3-3-0) at Pittsburgh (0-2-4) 7:30 pm EDT

New Jersey (3-3-0) at Pittsburgh (0-2-4), 7:30 pm EDT

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins have not started their season the way they had hoped to.

On Thursday, Lemieux and the Penguins hope to record their first win of the 2005-06 campaign when they host the New Jersey Devils.

Despite completely overhauling its roster in the offseason, Pittsburgh has struggled defensively during its season-opening six-game winless skid. The Penguins have surrendered 26 goals over their first six contests, the second-highest total in the Eastern Conference.

Pittsburgh hopes that its defense will improve with the return of starting goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, who is expected to return Thursday after missing four games with a knee injury.

After dropping a 6-5 overtime heartbreaker in Philadelphia on Friday, Pittsburgh failed to generate much offense in a 3-1 loss against Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Newcomer Ziggy Palffy scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who managed 21 shots and came up empty on both of their power plays.

The Devils bounced back from a pair of dreadful losses last week with a 4-3 triumph over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Rookie Zach Parise netted the game-tying tally early in the third period and Alexander Mogilny scored a power-play goal with six minutes remaining to cement the win for New Jersey, which was outscored, 10-2, in its previous two contests.

The Devils opened their season with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Penguins on October 5.

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