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After big trade, streaking Penguins visit Panthers

Pittsburgh (33-26-6) at Florida (33-23-8), 7:30 p.m. EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins made

another big acquisition at the NHL's trading deadline and they

appear to be finding their rhythm at the top of the stretch run

of the season.

After acquiring Bill Guerin, Pittsburgh goes for its fifth

straight win when it visits the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

The Penguins traded for Marian Hossa at last season's deadline,

a move that helped the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

Guerin, who has 16 goals and 20 assists this season, should help

a Penguins club that has won four straight contests for the

first time since a season-high six-game run from November 1-15.

Chris Kunitz scored two goals and Matt Cooke also tallied as

Pittsburgh defeated Tampa Bay, 3-1, on Tuesday.

Sidney Crosby has missed the last four contests with a groin

injury and his status is still uncertain.

Expected to make a big deal at the deadline, Florida decided to

keep sought-after defenseman Jay Bouwmeester in hopes of making

a push for the playoffs. The Panthers are currently in sixth

place in the Eastern Conference.

Michael Frolik tallied twice and Cory Stillman and Richard

Zednik also scored goals as the Panthers won their second

straight game with a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on

Tuesday.

The win gave the Panthers a 3-2-0 record on their five-game road

trip.

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