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Saturday, February 11th (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (34-15-8) at Toronto Maple Leafs (27-24-5), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers try to close the pre-Olympic slate in first place today when they complete a home-and-home with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

On Friday, Jaromir Jagr had two goals and one assist to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs in the front end of this set.

Tom Poti and Petr Sykora netted the other goals and Steve Rucchin added two assists in the win for the red-hot Rangers, who have won their past five games.

Rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 shots in the win for New York, which posted all four of its goals in the second period.

Jagr's first goal was the 574th of his brilliant career, moving him into 16th place on the NHL's all-time list -- past Hall of Famer Mike Bossy.

The Rangers currently hold a one-point edge over second-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division race. The Flyers will visit Ottawa this evening.

New York's next game action will be on March 2 in Philadelphia.

Toronto, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak ended in Friday's loss. Darcy Tucker and Chad Kilger scored goals and Kyle Wellwood added two assists for the Maple Leafs.

Ed Belfour finished with 28 saves in the loss.

Toronto has lost 11 of its last 14 games overall.

The Maple Leafs next take the ice on February 28 against the visiting Washington Capitals.

New York had lost five consecutive meetings with Toronto before Friday's victory.

02/11 10:29:01 ET


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