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Monday, February 16th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (31-15-7-4) at New York Rangers (21-25-7-4), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try for their fourth straight victory today when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

On Saturday, Zdeno Chara had a goal and two assists to lead the Senators to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Corel Centre.

Ottawa has 73 points and is currently tied with Boston for second place in the Northeast Division -- one behind Toronto. The Sens and Bruins are also knotted for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Patrick Lalime got the start in net for the Senators and did not disappoint, denying 20 of the 22 shots he faced, while Jason Spezza contributed a goal and an assist.

Bryan Smolinski, Shaun Van Allen and Wade Redden also tallied in the victory, Ottawa's third straight.

The Senators also continued their recent domination on home ice, stretching their point streak at the Corel Centre to 16 games (13-0-2-1).

Ottawa opens a brief two-game road trip today and completes it in Washington on Tuesday.

The Rangers, meanwhile, were pounded by the Flyers, 6-2, in the back end of a home-and-home series in Philadelphia on Saturday. The Flyers had also won the first game on Thursday night in New York.

Patrick Sharp notched his first career multi-goal game for the Flyers, and former Ranger Kim Johnsson added three assists.

Chris Simon and Alexei Kovalev scored for New York, which has lost two straight and four of its last six games (2-4). Mike Dunham allowed six goals on 18 shots and was replaced by Jussi Markkanen after the second period. Markkanen stopped all five shots he faced.

The Rangers were playing without star right wing Jaromir Jagr, who left Thursday's game with a groin injury. Jagr is questionable for today's contest.

New York opens a four-game homestand tonight and welcomes the rival Islanders to MSG on Thursday.

This is the first meeting between Ottawa and the Rangers since the Senators pounded the Blueshirts, 9-1, at the Corel Centre on January 24. That was Jagr's first contest with his new team.

The Senators have won two straight and six of the last seven meetings. They have also won four of six in the Big Apple.

02/16 10:16:11 ET

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