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GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (11-34-5-3) at Boston Bruins (24-14-11-4).
TIME: Sunday, 1 p.m. EST.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to snap a nine-game losing streak as they visit the Boston Bruins.
The Penguins lost 5-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, leaving them just two defeats shy of their franchise record losing streak.
"You try not to think about it too much, because it's mentally tough and can wear on you," Pittsburgh winger Eric Meloche said. "You want to get out of it, so you work as hard as you can ... hopefully, when we get out of this, we'll get a winning streak going."
The Penguins have lost nine straight at home, two shy of the NHL record, and own the worst record in the league. Their team record of 11 consecutive losses was set in 1983-84, when they won just 16 games before drafting Mario Lemieux in the offseason.
Rookie Ryan Malone scored his team-leading 13th goal for the Penguins, who allowed two power-play goals and went 0-for-6 with the man advantage.
"It's been special teams all year," said coach Eddie Olczyk, whose team managed only two shots in an 80-second span with a two-man advantage in the third period. "There's no question our specialty teams let us down."
The Bruins are coming off Saturday's 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens - their third shutout in January. They have won four of their last seven games (4-2-1).
Rookie Andrew Raycroft record his third shutout of the season and second this month, and Glen Murray scored his third goal in two games for Boston, which is 10-3-2 since an eight-game winless streak.
"I think we just got back to playing the way we know we could play at the beginning of the season," Murray said. "We weren't getting the breaks, and we weren't playing smart.
"We've got a few guys back from injury now, and we're playing as a team. We're really playing as a team, and our special teams have picked up a little bit."
The Bruins are hoping that Boston fans will be willing to show up to Sunday's game before the hometown New England Patriots take the field for the Super Bowl in Houston.
"Maybe we should push our game up to 10 o'clock or something because the Super Bowl's at 6:30," Murray said. "Hopefully the fans will be there before they go out for their Super Bowl party."
|Feb 10 '04||BOS 6 at PIT 3||D. McGillis|
|Feb 01 '04||PIT 1 at BOS 4||G. Murray|
|Jan 08 '04||PIT 1 at BOS 3||P. Bergeron|
|Nov 01 '03||BOS 2 at PIT 3 - OT||R. Malone|