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Monday, October 10th (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (1-0-2) at Washington Capitals (1-2-0), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two clubs hoping to end two-game skids clash today when Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers visit Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.

Jagr and the Rangers began the season with an impressive 5-3 victory in Philadelphia on opening night, but have since dropped overtime contests to Montreal and New Jersey.

On Saturday at the Devils, the Rangers lost despite firing 35 shots at goaltender Martin Brodeur. Jason Ward and Martin Rucinsky both scored for New York, but Jersey's Brian Rafalski tallied the game-winner 3:17 into overtime.

Rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finished with 24 saves in his NHL debut.

Jagr posted two goals and two assists in the first two games of the season, but was held off the scoresheet on Saturday. Of course, Jagr was acquired from Washington during the 2003-04 season when the Capitals were dumping much of the starpower on their roster.

New York will begin a four-game homestand against the Devils on Thursday.

Washington, meanwhile, opened the season with a 3-2 win over Columbus, but was swept in a home-and-home by Atlanta. The Caps were outscored by a 15-4 margin in the two games combined.

On Saturday, Marc Savard had a goal and four assists and former Capital Peter Bondra had two goals and an assist to lead the Thrashers. Jamie Heward scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who played their first away game of the young season.

Goaltender Olaf Kolzig finished with 34 saves in the loss.

Washington will visit Carolina on Tuesday.

The Rangers and Capitals split four games during the 2003-04 season.

10/10 10:31:27 ET

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