Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, January 28th
Game 2: Friday, March 5th
Game 3: Thursday, March 18th
Game 4: Saturday, April 3rd

Rangers 3

(27-40-8, 69 pts)

Capitals 2

(23-45-3, 59 pts)

3:00 PM ET, April 3, 2004

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 OT T
NYR 1 1 0 13
WSH 1 1 0 02

J. Halpern (Capitals - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Holik (Rangers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Witt (Capitals - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

NY Rangers (26-40-7-8) at Washington (23-45-10-2) 3:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Mark Messier may play his final NHL game on Saturday when the New York Rangers conclude yet another disappointing season against the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.

Messier, who is second on the all-time points list (1,887) to former Edmonton and New York teammate Wayne Gretzky, is concluding his 25th NHL season. He scored his 694th goal in his final home game, a 4-3 loss to Buffalo on Wednesday.

Messier bowed and waved goodbye to an adoring crowd at Madison Square Garden and shook hands with his teammates after the contest. However, he left open the possibility of returning next season, saying he would make a decision in the summer.

The Rangers are concluding their seventh straight season without reaching the playoffs. Messier led the Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup, their first championship in 54 years and his sixth.

New York has gone 1-7-0-3 in its last 11 contests, while Washington is 2-8-2 in its last 12.

The Capitals, who like the Rangers dealt several marquee players before the trade deadline, are coming off a 3-3 tie at Boston on Thursday. Superstar right wing Jaromir Jagr has 15 goals and 14 assists in 31 games with the Rangers after being acquired from Washington on January 23.

Jeff Halpern scored the tying goal Thursday with just under nine minutes remaining for the Capitals, who finish their season at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

The Rangers are 1-1-0-1 against the Capitals this season. Washington posted a 4-3 overtime triumph here on March 18.