Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Montreal leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 6th
Game 2: Saturday, October 29th
Game 3: Monday, October 31st
Game 4: Saturday, March 11th

Canadiens 4

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

Rangers 3

(1-0-1, 3 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 6, 2005

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 OT T
MTL 2 1 0 14
NYR 2 0 1 03

A. Perezhogin (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Higgins (Canadiens - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Straka (Rangers - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Montreal (1-0) at NY Rangers (1-0) 7:00 pm EDT

Montreal (1-0) at NY Rangers (1-0), 7:00 pm EDT

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- After rallying for a road win in their season opener, the New York Rangers will try to carry the momentum into their home opener Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Rangers scored the final four goals of a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday, spoiling a much-anticipated home opener for the Flyers.

Jaromir Jagr, who arrived in New York in a trade midway through the 2003-04 season, had the game-tying tally early in the third period and added the go-ahead marker less than five minutes later.

In his debut with the Rangers, Marcel Hossa capped the rally with a goal just 33 seconds after Jagr's second score.

New York, who was just 2-36-1 when trailing after two periods in 2003-04, will try to improve on another bleak statistic from its previous campaign. The Rangers managed just 13 home wins in 2003-04, tied for the lowest total in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens also are riding high entering Thursday's contest after stealing a 2-1 win from Boston on Wednesday.

Michael Ryder scored the game-winner with just 11.1 seconds remaining, backhanding a rebound past Andrew Raycroft to convert a power play and enable Montreal to snap a six-game winless streak against the Bruins in the regular season.