Series (Game 3 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

Rangers 1

(41-21-12, 94 pts)

Senators 4

(49-16-7, 105 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 30, 2006

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
NYR 1 0 01
OTT 2 1 14

A. Meszaros (Senators - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

D. Alfredsson (Senators - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

D. Heatley (Senators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Ny Rangers (41-20-12) at Ottawa (48-16-7) 7:30 pm EST

Ny Rangers (41-20-12) at Ottawa (48-16-7) 7:30 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) - Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers hope to build on their lead in the Atlantic Division standings when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

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 1993-94.

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 Eastern Conference.

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 1974.