Series (Game 4 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

Senators 4

(32-15-4, 75 pts)

Rangers 1

(21-27-4, 53 pts)

1:00 PM ET, February 16, 2004

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
OTT 0 1 34
NYR 0 1 01

M. Havlat (Senators - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Z. Chara (Senators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

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

Ottawa (31-15-7-4) at NY Rangers (21-26-7-4) 1:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Ottawa Senators seek their fourth straight win Monday afternoon as they face the slumping New York Rangers.

Ottawa has won three in a row after losing four of its previous five games. The Senators are tied with the Boston Bruins for second place in the Northeast Division, one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ottawa, which is 12-5-2-1 in its last 20 contests, posted a 5-2 home victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Defenseman Zdeno Chara and Bryan Smolinski scored and Martin Havlat had a pair of assists for the Senators.

Defenseman Wade Redden, Jason Spezza and Shaun Van Allen also scored for Ottawa, which got 20 saves from Patrick Lalime.

New York, which has not made the playoffs since 1997, has struggled in the last month. Since a 4-1 home win over the New York Islanders on January 13, the Rangers are 3-10-2.

The Rangers posted a 3-1 win at New Jersey on Wednesday, but were swept in a home-and-home series by the Philadelphia Flyers. On Saturday, Jaromir Jagr sat out with a groin injury and the Rangers suffered a 6-2 loss at Philadelphia.

Chris Simon and Alexei Kovalev scored for the Rangers, who fell behind by four goals.

New York is 2-6-1 in its last nine home games and could be without Jagr on Monday.

The Senators have won two of the first three meetings with the Rangers, including a 9-1 rout in Ottawa on January 24, spoiling Jagr's debut with New York.