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GAME: Boston Bruins (0-2-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-1).

TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Heralded rookie Sidney Crosby has contributed to Pittsburgh's offense in his first two NHL games. He just hasn't been able to help the Penguins win.

Crosby hopes to make his home debut a successful one as the Penguins continue searching for their first victory against the winless Boston Bruins.

Crosby had an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, giving him two points in his first two NHL games. The top overall pick in the 2005 draft also had an assist in Pittsburgh's 5-1 season-opening loss to New Jersey on Wednesday.

Crosby's assist Friday came on Ziggy Palffy's game-tying goal with 1:24 left in regulation. However, the 18-year-old prodigy was stopped on his shootout attempt, ensuring Carolina's victory after Palffy and Mario Lemieux were stuffed in the first two rounds.

"The first period was kind of rough, but after that, we started working," Crosby said. "We just needed to play more desperate."

Ryan Malone also scored for the Penguins, who are expected to have one of the NHL's most potent offenses this season.

"The chances are there, it's going to come," said Lemieux, who did not record a point Friday. "One of these games, we are going to explode for a few goals and get our confidence back. I think the guys are a little uptight right now."

The Bruins are also looking for their first win. They lost 4-1 to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, falling to 0-2 for the first time since 1999-2000, when they started the season 0-9.

"Based on the performance, we weren't ready to play," coach Mike Sullivan said. "I believe we have a good team, and I believe we have talent. We'd better be ready from the drop of the puck, and we weren't."

Glen Murray scored the lone goal for Boston, which opened a six-game road trip. The Bruins have scored just twice in their first two games.

"We have to simplify and get the puck to the net, and try not to make the fancy play," Murray said.

Center Alexei Zhamnov was scratched for the second straight game Saturday with an injured shoulder.

STANDINGS: Bruins - 0 points, 5th place, 4 PB, Northeast Division. Penguins - 1 point, 4th place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Patrice Bergeron and Murray, 1 goal; four tied with 1 assist; six tied with 1 point; Tom Fitzgerald, 6 PIM. Penguins - Mark Recchi, Malone and Palffy, 1 goal; Crosby, 2 assists and 2 points; Ryan Vandenbussche, 5 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 6): Bruins - Power play: 0 percent (0 for 3), 22nd (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 80 percent (4 for 5), 20th. Penguins - Power play: 9 percent (1 for 11), 20th (tied). Penalty killing: 75 percent (6 for 8), 24th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Andrew Raycroft (0-2-0, 3.00 GAA); Hannu Toivonen (no record). Penguins - Jocelyn Thibault (0-1-0, 5.00); Sebastien Caron (0-0-1, 1.85); Marc-Andre Fleury (no record);

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Bruins, 3-2-0-0.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 10, 2004; Bruins, 6-3. Boston scored three times on the power play and once shorthanded. Malone scored twice for Pittsburgh.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 0-1-0 on the road; Penguins - 0-0-0 at home.

Associated Press

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