Series (Game 1 of 1)

Calgary leads 1-0

Game 1: Monday, January 5th

Flames 5

(20-12-3, 46 pts)

Rangers 0

(16-15-3, 40 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 5, 2004

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
CGY 3 1 15
NYR 0 0 00

J. McLennan (Flames - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Iginla (Flames - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Ference (Flames - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

Calgary (19-12-3-3) at NY Rangers (16-14-5-1) 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Following a successful road trip, the New York Rangers return home to host the Calgary Flames in the only meeting between the teams this season.

The Rangers went 3-1-0 on the trip after posting a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. New York posted overtime wins in Phoenix and Los Angeles and lost in St. Louis.

Jussi Markkanen made his third straight start and had a career-high 40 saves, including one on his first NHL penalty shot. Markannen improved to 6-2-1 in his last nine decisions and 7-4-1 for the season as Mike Dunham's backup.

In their last appearance at Madison Square Garden on December 26, the Rangers rallied from a 5-2 deficit before losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, in overtime.

The Flames have been hampered by injuries and have dropped three in a row following a 11-2-2 stretch.

Calgary is coming off Saturday's 3-1 home setback to the Vanccouver Canucks. Vancouver goaltender Alex Auld frustrated Flames star Jarome Iginla, stopping him on a penalty shot and breakaway.

On Saturday, the Flames received more bad news when they learned rookie right wing Chuck Kobasew is expected to miss this current three-game road trip with a shoulder injury. The Flames already have goaltenders Roman Turek and Miika Kiprusoff sidelined with knee injuries, while centers Blair Betts (shoulder), Craig Conroy (knee) and Steve Reinprecht (ankle) also are out.

The Rangers won both games against the Flames last season, including a 1-0 overtime victory in New York. Defenseman Brian Leetch scored 51 seconds into the extra period and Dan Blackburn made 26 saves for his first NHL shutout.