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Thursday, January 26th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (12-29-9) at New York Islanders (20-25-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins began the post-Mario Lemieux era in style on Wednesday, and they hope to carry some of that momentum over tonight when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

On Wednesday, Mark Recchi and John LeClair scored two goals apiece as Pittsburgh defeated the Washington Capitals, 8-1, at Mellon Arena in the Penguins' first game following Lemieux's retirement.

Lemieux announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon, ending the second phase of his career that began with his late 2000 comeback. The team has gotten used to being without No. 66, as he had been sidelined since last month with an irregular heartbeat.

Sidney Crosby tallied a goal and three assists, Tomas Surovy scored his seventh goal of the season and Sergei Gonchar had three helpers for the Penguins, who snapped a season-long 10-game losing streak. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves and Eric Boguniecki added his second goal of the season for Pittsburgh.

The Pens, who are 5-14-4 on the road, will visit the Rangers on Saturday.

New York, meanwhile, has lost three straight games -- the last two to New Jersey. On Tuesday the Isles dropped a 4-0 contest to the visiting Devils. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 79th career shutout to anchor the Devs.

Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 17 shots for the Islanders, who lost in a shootout to the Devils on Saturday. New York has only three victories this month overall (3-7-1).

DiPietro was pulled for the fourth time this season in the second period, and was replaced by backup Wade Dubielewicz. Dubielewicz stopped all 11 shots he faced the rest of the way.

Isles forward Alexei Yashin has not scored a goal in eight of the last nine games. He has only two goals and three assists in 11 games during the month of January.

The Islanders will visit Boston on Saturday.

New York and Pittsburgh have split two meetings this season, with each club winning in the other's rink.

01/26 10:44:13 ET

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