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Monday, January 26th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (17-20-10-3) at New York Rangers (18-20-7-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two days after starting Jaromir Jagr's tenure with a whimper, the New York Rangers try to halt a four-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Madison Square Garden.

The Blueshirts were trashed 9-1 by the Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre on Saturday, after acquiring Jagr from Washington for winger Anson Carter on Friday afternoon.

Jagr was held pointless with a minus-2 rating as New York was handed its worst defeat since losing 10-2 on March 6, 1993, to the Quebec Nordiques.

"It looked like everyone was standing around waiting for Jagr to win the game for them," said Rangers GM/coach Glen Sather, who had been flirting with the idea of obtaining Jagr for some time.

Matthew Barnaby scored the lone goal for the Rangers, now owners of a six-game winless streak (0-4-2). Jussi Markkanen stopped 13-of-19 shots, playing the first and third periods while Jason LaBarbera had just three saves on six shots in his one period of work in the middle frame.

The Rangers, who are 0-2-1 in their last three at MSG, open a three-game homestand tonight and will welcome Jagr's old mates, the Capitals, on Wednesday.

Florida, meanwhile, has won two straight games and is 5-3-1-1 in the last 10 overall. On Saturday, Roberto Luongo made 43 saves, including a penalty shot, to back a 2-1 win in Boston. Luongo turned away 12 shots in the first period, 13 in the second and 18 in the third for the Panthers, who snapped a four-game winless streak in the series (1-2-2).

Juraj Kolnik and Valeri Bure both scored in the first period to provide the offense needed. Bure has managed 16 goals and 16 assists in his last 39 games played.

Florida, 7-11-5-1 on the road, will host Philadelphia on Wednesday.

New York is 1-0-1 against Florida this season, and 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings overall.

01/26 10:27:17 ET


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