Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, January 28th
Game 2: Friday, March 5th
Game 3: Thursday, March 18th
Game 4: Saturday, April 3rd

Capitals 2

(15-29-2, 37 pts)

Rangers 1

(19-21-4, 49 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 28, 2004

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
WSH 1 1 02
NYR 0 0 11

O. Kolzig (Capitals - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: .970

B. Witt (Capitals - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

P. Nedved (Rangers - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Washington (14-29-5-2) at NY Rangers (19-20-7-4) 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Jaromir Jagr faces his former team less than a week after he was traded as the New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Jagr was acquired by the Rangers for right wing Anson Carter last Friday. The Czech superstar has been criticized for his inconsistency and his hefty salary gave the Capitals more reason to seek a deal.

The five-time NHL scoring champion made his Rangers debut Saturday and was held scoreless in New York's worst defeat in a decade, a 9-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Things brightened in Jagr's first home game Monday, when he had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. He played on a line centered by Eric Lindros, who has two goals and four assists during a five-game points streak.

Mark Messier, Petr Nedved and Matthew Barnaby also tallied as the Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak and a six-game winless skid (0-4-2).

The Capitals, who have the second-worst point total in the NHL, have lost three in row including two since trading Jagr. They have only one win in their last seven contests (1-3-2-1).

Mike Grier scored Washington's lone goal in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Carter had a minus-2 rating and only one shot on goal.

This is the first of four meetings between New York and Washington. The Capitals are 5-1-1-1 in the last eight encounters and are unbeaten in their last two visits to Madison Square Garden.