Series (Game 3 of 4)

Winnipeg leads 2-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 16th
Game 2: Sunday, February 29th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 2nd
Game 4: Tuesday, March 9th

Jets 4

(27-32-2, 62 pts)

Rangers 3

(23-31-5, 58 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 2, 2004

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
WPG 2 1 14
NYR 2 0 13

S. McEachern (Jets - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

M. Messier (Rangers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

P. Stefan (Jets - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Atlanta (26-32-6-2) at NY Rangers (23-30-7-5) 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Thrashers seek a third consecutive win Tuesday night when they visit the New York Rangers in the finale of a home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden.

On Sunday, Ilya Kovalchuk tallied twice and Patrik Stefan had a shorthanded goal as the Thrashers edged the Rangers, 3-2, in Atlanta.

Kovalchuk has 35 goals, two more than Rick Nash of Columbus for the NHL lead. Kovalchuk had a career-high 38 goals last season.

Pasi Nurminen made 28 saves Sunday as the Thrashers improved to 5-0-1-1 in their last seven meetings with the Rangers.

The Rangers went 0-for-7 on the power play and completed a 1-1-0-1 road trip. They play three of their next four games at home, where they are 12-15-3-4.

Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch six points in his last six games and 18 in his past 18 contests. Leetch scored his 13th goal 2:17 into the third period Sunday. It is his highest output since 2000-01, when he had 21 goals.