The Rangers skated to an easy 5-1 victory over the New York
Islanders on Wednesday and moved four points ahead of the idle
Philadelphia Flyers (40-22-10) for first place in the division.
Jagr registered a season-high four assists and broke Hall of
Famer Jean Ratelle's single-season franchise record for points.
He needs one goal to break Adam Graves' club mark set in
A five-time Art Ross Trophy winner, Jagr has been phenomenal of
late, collecting nine goals and 12 assists during a 10-game
points streak. The nine-time All-Star leads the league with 52
goals and 113 points.
Martin Straka registered his fifth career hat trick Wednesday
for the Rangers, who snapped a six-game road losing streak.
They hope to continue that trend Thursday against the Senators,
the highest-scoring club in the league.
Despite losing two straight, Ottawa owns a three-point lead over
the Carolina Hurricanes (47-19-6) for the top record in the
With starting goaltender Dominik Hasek sidelined indefinitely
with a groin injury, backup Ray Emery has filled in admirably.
The 23-year-old Emery has gone 11-2-2 in the month of March and
is one victory away from tying the NHL record for victories in a
calendar month set by Philadelphia's Bernie Parent in March