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Thursday, November 3rd (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (2-5-5) at New York Islanders (6-6-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to build on their second win of the season tonight when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

On Tuesday, Sergei Gonchar's goal 1:01 into overtime lifted the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.

Mark Recchi, Maxime Talbot and Lasse Pirjeta also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won two of its last three games after beginning the season 0-4-5.

Goaltender Sebastien Caron allowed three goals on 29 shots for the Penguins.

Sidney Crosby posted an assist on Tuesday, and the following day was named NHL Rookie of the Month for October. The young phenom leads all rookies with 13 assists and 15 points so far this season.

Pittsburgh, which is 1-2-3 on the road, opened a five-game trip on Tuesday and will visit Boston on Saturday.

New York, meanwhile, ended a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime win over Boston on Tuesday. Shawn Bates scored at the 4:31 mark of OT to lift the Islanders.

Chris Campoli also scored, while Oleg Kvasha and Janne Niinimaa both netted their first goals of the year for the Islanders, who are 2-2 in their last four games.

Goaltender Garth Snow made 29 saves in the win. Starter Rick DiPietro missed the contest with a sore right knee, but he is probable for tonight's tilt.

New York will open a three-game road trip Saturday in Ottawa.

The Islanders went 3-1-2 against the Penguins in 2003-04.

11/03 10:49:19 ET


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