Series (Game 1 of 4)

New York leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, October 17th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 3: Saturday, January 7th
Game 4: Friday, March 24th

Panthers 0

(4-3-0, 8 pts)

Rangers 4

(4-1-2, 10 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 17, 2005

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
FLA 0 0 00
NYR 1 3 04

J. Jagr (Rangers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

H. Lundqvist (Rangers - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: 1.000

M. Straka (Rangers - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Florida (4-2-0) at NY Rangers (3-1-2) 7:00 pm EDT

Florida (4-2-0) at NY Rangers (3-1-2), 7:00 pm EDT

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Two of the surprise teams in the Eastern Conference meet for the first time this season when the New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Florida has missed the postseason the past four seasons while New York is struggling through a seven-season playoff drought, but both clubs have gotten an strong early start at ending the droughts.

The Rangers have been particularly impressive of late, opening a four-game homestand with wins over New Jersey and Atlanta by a combined score of 9-2.

In Saturday's 5-1 victory over Atlanta, Michael Nylander and Martin Rucinsky both had a goal and an assist and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to continue a stellar start to his career.

Lundqvist is 2-0-0 through his first three NHL games and has allowed just two goals in 50 shots over his last two.

The 23-year-old native of Sweden will face a Panthers' attack that has yet to score more than three goals in a game but still sits atop the Southeast Division, due in large part to the goaltending of Roberto Luongo.

Luongo made 32 saves and three different players notched a goal in a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Saturday. Mike Van Ryn had three assists for Florida, which has allowed a league-low 1.67 goals per game this season.