Series (Game 2 of 4)

Ottawa leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, December 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 8th
Game 3: Thursday, March 30th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 18th

Senators 1

(36-13-5, 77 pts)

Rangers 5

(33-15-8, 74 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 8, 2006

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
OTT 0 1 01
NYR 0 3 25

J. Ward (Rangers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

H. Lundqvist (Rangers - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

J. Jagr (Rangers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Ottawa (36-12-5) at NY Rangers (32-15-8) 7:00 pm EST

Ottawa (36-12-5) at NY Rangers (32-15-8) 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Rangers appear primed to make the postseason for the first time since 1997. They face a playoff-caliber test Tuesday when they skate with the loaded Ottawa Senators in a matchup of first-place teams.

The Rangers posted a dramatic 4-3 overtime win against Philadelphia on Saturday to take over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division.

Petr Sykora scored with 41 seconds left in regulation and Jaromir Jagr netted the game-winner 84 seconds into overtime for New York, which is in first place this late in the season for the first time since April 7, 1996.

Marcel Hossa and Michael Nylander also tallied for the Rangers, who have won three straight games and seven of nine.

Meanwhile, Ottawa is coming off its second win over Pittsburgh in the last three games, a 5-2 triumph on Monday.

Peter Schaefer had two goals and an assist and Bryan Smolinski added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who got 22 saves from rookie goaltender Ray Emery.

Ottawa has won four straight meetings with New York, outscoring the Rangers by a 22-5 score in those matchups. The Senators also have won eight of the last nine encounters.