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GAME: Boston Bruins (7-9-5) at New York Rangers (12-7-3).

TIME: Sunday, 7 p.m. EST.

The Boston Bruins will try to avoid their longest losing streak in almost nine years when they meet the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a matchup of Original Six teams.

Boston is coming off its fifth straight loss after Andrew Raycroft gave up a goal to Henrik Tallinder with 4:21 left in the Bruins' 3-2 defeat Saturday to the Buffalo Sabres.

"It's just so frustrating. There's nothing I can do. I'm just searching. I just can't seem to find the puck," Raycroft said.

That may mean backup Hannu Toivonen will be in net Sunday. The rookie has not played since a 4-3 overtime loss Nov. 8 to the Philadelphia Flyers. In four road appearances this season, Toivonen is 1-0-2 with a 4.20 goals-against average and .858 save percentage.

Boston has not lost six straight since Feb. 11-23, 1997.

"It seems like the way it's going now, if we made mistakes it ends up being in the net," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "We're trying to play as aggressive as we can. We just have to channel our emotions."

New York will be looking for its fourth win in five home games. The line of Jaromir Jagr, Michael Nylander and Martin Straka combined for a goal and six assists in Saturday 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

New York is 3-2-2 this season in one-goal games, something Jagr said the Rangers thrive on.

"We're not going to score a lot of goals in this league," he said. "If you look at other teams, they can win games 6-5, 7-6; there are a lot of games like that. I don't think we are able to do that. We don't play that kind of style and we don't want to do it.

"We have different players and as long as we can keep the other team under two or three goals, we have a chance to win. 4-3, 3-2, 2-1, that's our game. That's what we should stick to."

Jagr has three goals and four assists during a five-game points streak against Boston. In 64 career games against Boston, Jagr has 29 goals, including six game-winners, and 45 assists.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 19): Bruins - 19 points, 5th place, 11 PB, Northeast Division. Rangers - 27 points, 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Sergei Samsonov and Glen Murray, 9 goals; Joe Thornton, 20 assists and 28 points; Hal Gill, 36 PIM. Rangers - Jagr, 18 goals and 32 points; Straka, 18 assists; Darius Kasparaitis, 34 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 19): Bruins - Power play: 19.3 percent (25 for 129), 9th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.1 percent (127 for 139), 10th. Rangers - Power play: 18.8 percent (25 for 133), 15th. Penalty killing: 87.2 percent (130 for 149), 2nd.

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Raycroft (3-8-2, 0 SO, 3.64 GAA); Toivonen (4-1-3, 0, 3.24). Rangers - Kevin Weekes (5-4-1, 0, 2.79); Henrik Lundqvist (7-3-2, 1, 2.14).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Bruins, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: March 4, 2004. Bruins, 3-1. At Boston, Thornton scored twice and Felix Potvin made 16 saves for the Bruins. Jagr scored for New York.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 3-4-4 on the road; Rangers - 6-2-2 at home.

Associated Press
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