Series (Game 1 of 1)

Detroit leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th
Red Wings4

Rangers 3

(25-13-7, 57 pts)

Red Wings 4

(30-12-3, 63 pts)

2:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
NYR 1 1 13
DET 0 2 24

B. Shanahan (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Jagr (Rangers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. Chelios (Red Wings - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

NY Rangers (25-12-7) at Detroit (29-12-3) 2:00 pm EST

NY Rangers (25-12-7) at Detroit (29-12-3) 2:00 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Seeking their first playoff berth since 1997, the New York Rangers have been one of the league's most pleasant surprises this season.

New York gets a true test of how far it has progressed Saturday in the only encounter of the season against one of the NHL's elite teams and "Original Six" rival, the Detroit Red Wings.

Led by leading-scorer Jaromir Jagr, who is making a bid for his sixth Art Ross Trophy with 28 goals and 39 assists, the Rangers trail Philadelphia by five points in the race for first place in the Atlantic Division.

After the team retired former captain Mark Messier's number 11 on Thursday, Jagr scored 14 seconds into overtime as the Rangers came back from a two-goal deficit for their third straight win, a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Looking for their 30th triumph of the season, the Red Wings have split their first six games of 2006, including Thursday's 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals each and captain Steve Yzerman surpassed Hall of Famer Gordie Howe for seventh place on the all-time assist list (1,050).

The teams have not faced each other the Rangers posted a 3-1 victory over Detroit on October 25, 2003.