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
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
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.