Series (Game 3 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Friday, November 28th
Game 3: Saturday, January 3rd
Game 4: Sunday, March 7th
Game 5: Sunday, March 21st
Game 6: Tuesday, March 23rd

Rangers 4

(16-14-3, 40 pts)

Penguins 1

(9-22-3, 26 pts)

1:00 PM ET, January 3, 2004

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
NYR 1 1 24
PIT 0 0 11

M. Messier (Rangers - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

J. Markkanen (Rangers - G): Saves: 40, Save Pct.: .976

B. Holik (Rangers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

NY Rangers (15-14-5-3) at Pittsburgh (9-21-5-3) 1:00 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The New York Rangers try to end a four-game road trip strong showing as they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon.

The Rangers had notched consecutive overtime wins before Thursday's 5-4 loss to St. Louis. New York gave up four power-play goals and a shorthanded tally with one second to play in the second period.

New York had a 16-5 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but trailed 2-1. Petr Nedved scored in the second period while Martin Rucinsky and defenseman Brian Leetch tallied late in the third for the Rangers, who are 3-6-0-3 in one-goal games this season.

Goaltender Mike Dunham also was pulled for the second time in three games. Although he was not charged with the loss, he is 4-7-2 in his last 13 decisions since a 6-2 home win vs. Pittsburgh on November 12, which improved his career record vs. the Penguins to 6-1-0.

Backup Jussi Markkanen was charged with the loss but is 5-2-1 in his last eight decisions and 6-4-1 overall this season.

Pittsburgh also comes off a poor special teams performance as it fell to 4-9-1-2 in its last 16 games with Thursday's 3-2 loss at Nashville. Former Ranger Rico Fata and Tomas Surovy scored, but the Penguins gave up three power-play goals.

New York has allowed 35 power-play goals in 184 shorthanded situations and the Penguins have surrendered 35 tallies in 168 shorthanded situations.

New York has outscored the Penguins, 10-3, in taking the first two meetings. In their 4-1 win here November 28, former Penguin Alexei Kovalev set up two tallies by Rucinsky.