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Sunday, April 28, 2013, 9:48 p.m.
 

The Penguins will begin pursuit of the Stanley Cup against an opponent that has historically had their number.

The New York Islanders will be their Round 1 opponent in the playoffs.

The Islanders were downgraded to the Eastern Conference's eighth seed because Ottawa won at Boston on Sunday night.

The playoff series will open Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Consol Energy Center. Game 2 is Friday at 7 p.m. The series shifts to New York for Game 3 on Sunday at noon, and Game 4 is Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Ottawa needed only a point from the game against Boston, which had been postponed because of the Boston Marathon bombings April 15.

The Penguins are the top seed in the East and will have home-ice advantage against any playoff opponent other than Chicago, whom they could not play until the Cup Final.

A best-of-seven series against New York will open at Consol Energy Center this week, likely on Wednesday.

The Penguins have never defeated the Islanders in a playoff series — and each of their three losses have proven more heartbreaking than the other.

The Penguins blew a 3-0 series lead to the Islanders in 1975, and a 3-1 lead in a deciding Game 5 in 1982. That latter series was extended by the Penguins, who had fallen behind, 2-0, to the twice defending champion Islanders.

The Penguins were the twice defending champions in 1993 when the Islanders shocked them in a second-round match, winning Game 7 at Civic Arena.

The Penguins went 4-1-0 against the Islanders this season.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rross@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

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