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Saturday, October 22nd (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (4-2-3) at Buffalo Sabres (5-2-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers hope to bounce back from a home-and- home sweep at the hands of the rival Islanders tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

New York had won three consecutive games entering the set, but dropped back- to-back contests against the Isles. After a 3-2 shootout loss on Wednesday at MSG, the Rangers dropped a 5-4 match at Nassau Coliseum the following night.

On Thursday the Islanders spoiled Jaromir Jagr's hat trick en route to the victory. Jagr had his first three-goal game in a Rangers uniform and it marked his first hat trick since February 4, 2003, when he played for Washington.

Jagr has tallied eight goals and two assists during a six-game point streak.

Martin Rucinsky added a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who went 2-for-6 on the power play.

Kevin Weekes, playing for the first time since October 10th due to a groin injury, made 16 saves.

The Rangers will seek revenge on the Islanders when they host them on Thursday.

Buffalo, meanwhile, has won three of its last four tilts. On Thursday,J.P. Dumont and Ales Kotalik scored in the third period to help the Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in a Northeast Division battle at TD Banknorth Garden.

Tim Connolly and Daniel Briere also scored for Buffalo, which has won three of its last four games. Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots in the victory as he made his seventh consecutive start to begin the season.

Buffalo has been playing the tight ones, as its last four games have all been one-goal decisions.

The Sabres will host Washington on Wednesday.

Buffalo went 3-1 against New York in 2003-04 and is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings overall.

10/22 10:33:10 ET


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