Series (Game 5 of 6)

New York leads 6-0

Game 1: Thursday, December 4th
Game 2: Thursday, December 18th
Game 3: Saturday, January 10th
Game 4: Tuesday, January 13th
Game 5: Thursday, February 19th
Game 6: Thursday, February 26th

Islanders 2

(28-22-2, 66 pts)

Rangers 6

(22-27-4, 55 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 19, 2004

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
NYI 0 2 02
NYR 3 1 26

J. Jagr (Rangers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Barnaby (Rangers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Dunham (Rangers - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .938

NY Islanders (28-21-8-2) at NY Rangers (21-27-7-4) 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders can deal a major blow to the playoff hopes of the rival New York Rangers on Thursday when they face off at Madison Square Garden.

The Islanders are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 66 points, while the Rangers are a distant 12th, 11 points behind eighth-place Montreal. The Rangers, who have one of the biggest payrolls in the NHL, have not made the playoffs since 1997.

But the Islanders have struggled against the Rangers this season, losing all three meetings. The Rangers posted victories here of 4-3 on December 18 and 4-1 on January 13.

The Islanders are 2-0-3 in their last five games and are coming off a 4-3 triumph over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Mariusz Czerkawski scored twice and defensemen Roman Hamrlik and Kenny Jonsson had the other goals for the Islanders, who had three power-play goals en route to improving to 4-1-3 in their last eight games.

Defenseman Radek Martinek injured his ankle when he blocked a shot in the second period and did not return. He may not play Thursday.

The reeling Rangers have lost three straight games, including a 4-1 setback to Ottawa on Monday in the opener of a four-game homestand.

Bobby Holik scored for the Rangers, who gave up four unanswered goals - three in the third period - to slip to 3-11-2 since the January 13 win over the Isles.