The Penguins will face the New York Islanders in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, beginning Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins (36-12) clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference a week before their regular season ended.
The Islanders (24-17-7) became locked into the No. 8 spot Sunday night when Ottawa beat Boston, 4-2, in a game that was postponed from earlier this month because of the Boston Marathon bombings.
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The best-of-seven first-round series opens with a 7:38 p.m. game Wednesday. It will be televised locally by Root Sports and nationally by NBC Sports Network.
Game 2 is 7:08 p.m. Friday at Consol Energy Center, with the same broadcasters as Game 1. The series shifts to Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., for Game 3 at 12:08 p.m. Sunday, nationally televised by NBC/WPXI, and Game 4 at 7:08 p.m. May 7. Game 4 will be shown locally by Root Sports and nationally by NBC Sports Network.
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Eastern Conference first-round series
- Game 1:
Wednesday, Consol Energy Center, 7:38 p.m.
- Game 2:
Friday, Consol Energy Center, 7:08 p.m.
- Game 3:
Sunday, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y., 12:08 p.m.
- Game 4:
Tuesday, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y., 7:08 p.m.
- *-Game 5:
May 9, Consol Energy Center, 7:08 p.m.
- *-Game 6:
May 11, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y., TBA
- *-Game 7:
May 12, Consol Energy Center, TBA
Game 5, if necessary, will be at 7:08 p.m. May 9 at Consol Energy Center and will be televised locally by Root Sports. Game 6, if necessary, will be May 11 in Uniondale at a time yet to be determined, and Game 7, if necessary, will be May 12 at Consol Energy Center at a time to be determined. Games 5 and 6 will be televised locally by Root Sports.
National broadcasts for Games 5 and 6 and all broadcast information for Game 7 have not been determined.
The Penguins and Islanders have met three times in the playoffs, with the Islanders winning all three -- in 1975 in the quarterfinals in seven games, in 1982 in the preliminary round in five games, and in 1993 in the Patrick Division final in seven games.
All three series were gut-wrenching for the Penguins.
The Penguins won the first three games in 1975, only to have the Islanders win four in a row to oust them. In 1982, they lost the deciding game in overtime, 4-3.
In 1993, the Penguins had won two Stanley Cup titles in a row with stars such as Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis and Tom Barrasso. Expectations were that they would win a third title in a row, but David Volek scored in overtime of Game 7 to eliminate them.
The teams played five times in this lockout-shortened season. The Penguins lost the first of those meetings, 4-1, Jan. 29 at home, then won the remaining four by a combined 16-5. That included a 2-0 win March 30 at home in the teams' most recent game.
New York is led by center John Tavares, who ranked third in the NHL with 28 goals and led the team with 47 points.mobilehome - breaking - penguins
Shelly Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly First Published April 29, 2013 2:00 AM