Series (Game 3 of 4)

Ottawa leads 3-1

Game 1: Sunday, November 23rd
Game 2: Saturday, December 20th
Game 3: Saturday, January 24th
Game 4: Monday, February 16th

Rangers 1

(18-20-4, 47 pts)

Senators 9

(27-12-3, 64 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 24, 2004

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
NYR 0 0 11
OTT 4 3 29

D. Alfredsson (Senators - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

W. Redden (Senators - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

P. Lalime (Senators - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .966

NY Rangers (18-19-7-4) at Ottawa (26-12-7-3) 7:00 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Less than 24 hours after being acquired in a highly-anticipated trade, Jaromir Jagr makes his debut with the New York Rangers on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre.

The Rangers acquired Jagr from the Washington Capitals in exchange for fellow right wing Anson Carter on Friday after months of speculation. It was the second move of the day for New York, which also made a deal for Columbus defenseman Jamie Pushor.

The 32-year-old Jagr escapes the Capitals, who have the second-worst record in the NHL, to try and help the Rangers make the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Jagr becomes the latest high-priced player added by New York general manager Glen Sather, who has traded for or signed Pavel Bure, Bobby Holik, Alexei Kovalev, Greg de Vries, Darius Kasparaitis, Vladimir Malakhov, Mike Dunham, Eric Lindros, Carter and Tom Poti.

Jagr was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team this season and has 16 goals, 29 assists and a minus-4 rating in 46 games this season. He has not finished with a minus rating since his rookie season of 1990-91.

The struggling Rangers hope for an immediate impact from Jagr as they are in the midst of a season-high five-game winless skid (0-3-2). They have lost three in a row for the second time this season after Thursday's 4-2 defeat against Philadelphia at home.

New York played without center Eric Lindros, who did not play due to the flu.

The Rangers continued to get bit by the injury bug after goalie Mike Dunham left following the second period with a mild concussion. He suffered the injury after colliding with Flyers left wing John LeClair.

New York will be without Dunham, who did not travel to Ottawa, but Poti is expected to return after missing two games due to back spasms.

The Rangers will be up against one of the hottest teams in the league in the Senators, who are unbeaten in a franchise-record 11 straight games (9-0-2). They are 15-7-4-2 at the Corel Centre for the fifth-best home record in the NHL.

Ottawa has just two losses in its last 19 games (13-2-4) after posting a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Martin Havlat and Peter Schaefer each scored two goals and Marian Hossa recorded three assists for the Senators, who are within one point of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the lead in the Eastern Conference.

Daniel Alfredsson and Josh Langfeld also scored for Ottawa, which took advantage of two of its 10 power-play opportunities.

The Senators swept the four-game series against the Rangers last season but lost at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 6-2.