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GAME: New York Rangers (34-15-8) at Toronto Maple Leafs (27-24-5).
TIME: Saturday, 6 p.m. EST.
Jaromir Jagr is on a hot streak heading into the Olympic break.
He'll look to lead New York to a home-and-home sweep as the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers visit Air Canada Centre to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jagr scored two power-play goals less than three minutes apart in the second period and added an assist in New York's 4-2 win over Toronto on Friday - the Rangers' fifth straight win and sixth in seven games.
The first goal moved him past New York Islanders great Mike Bossy into sole possession of 16th place on the NHL career list with 574. He added his league-leading 38th goal and has an NHL-best 86 points.
"Well, it doesn't matter how I feel. Sometimes it's a matter of luck," said Jagr, who has five goals and five assists in his last four games. "Sometimes you have so many chances and you can't score and other times you feel like every shot is going to go in. That's the way I have felt the last couple games."
Jagr, who has 1,395 points and is three behind Jari Kurri for second place among European-born NHL players, will play for the Czech Republic at the Turin Games. Teammate Henrik Lundqvist, who leads rookie goalies with 25 wins, will play for Sweden.
"Jaromir Jagr is on fire right now," said Lundqvist, who is four wins shy of the team record for a rookie held by Johnny Bower and Jim Henry. "It's going to be tough for Sweden next week."
Lundqvist, though, is not expected to start in the back end of the home-and-home. Backup and Toronto native Kevin Weekes has won three of four career decisions against the Maple Leafs in his hometown.
Friday's victory also snapped New York's five-game winless streak against Toronto. The Rangers had been 0-4-1 against the Maple Leafs since a 5-1 win on Jan. 13, 2003. New York, though, has lost four straight in Toronto since a 4-3 victory on Oct. 26, 2002.
"They are going to come out harder (Saturday). I'm sure of it," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "They could've won tonight. The difference was our specialty teams."
Chad Kilger and Darcy Tucker scored Friday for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three of five. Toronto came in with the third-best power play unit in the league, but was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
New York, meanwhile, went 3-for-7 on the power play and improved to 27-6-4 when scoring a goal with the man advantage
"Their power play is deadly," Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe said. "Jagr put on a clinic out there."
STANDINGS: Rangers - 76 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division. Maple Leafs - 59 points, 3rd place (tied), 18 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Rangers - Jagr, 38 goals, 48 assists and 86 points; Darius Kasparaitis, 79 PIM. Maple Leafs - Tucker, 23 goals; Jason Allison, 38 assists; McCabe, 51 points and 70 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 9): Rangers - Power play: 17.0 percent (53 for 311), 19th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.2 percent (287 for 337), 4th (tied). Maple Leafs - Power play: 20.5 percent (70 for 342), 3rd. Penalty killing: 80.8 percent (277 for 343), 22nd.
GOALTENDERS: Rangers - Lundqvist (25-7-6, 2 SO, 2.09 GAA); Weekes (9-8-2, 3.04). Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (21-19-3, 3.31); Mikael Tellqvist (6-5-2, 1, 2.79).
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
LAST MEETING: Friday; Rangers, 4-2. At New York, Jagr had two goals and Tom Poti and Petr Sykora also scored for the Rangers.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 15-9-3 on the road; Maple Leafs - 17-9-2 at home.
|Mar 18 '06||TOR 2 at NYR 5||M. Nylander|
|Feb 11 '06||NYR 4 at TOR 2||J. Jagr|
|Feb 10 '06||TOR 2 at NYR 4||T. Poti|
|Nov 15 '05||NYR 1 at TOR 2||B. McCabe|