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GAME: New York Rangers (40-20-12) at Ottawa Senators (48-16-7).

TIME: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

For Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers, it's one big accomplishment down and two to go.

Jagr looks to break the Rangers' single-season goals record and the team looks to move closer to an Atlantic Division title as it visits the Ottawa Senators.

Jagr earned four assists to lead the Rangers to a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday and claim a 34-year-old team record.

The league's leading scorer ended the night with 113 points on the season, surpassing Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle's 109 set in 1971-72.

"It's a big honor for me," Jagr said. "I'm glad I did it in the first period. ... We need the points. We want to stay in first in the division."

The Rangers lead the Philadelphia Flyers by four points in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers have one game in hand.

Jagr needs one more goal to break the Rangers' single-season goal-scoring record of 52, set by Adam Graves during the team's 1993-94 Stanley Cup-winning season.

He is also hoping to extend his scoring streak to 11 games, as he has scored nine goals and 21 points in the last 10 games.

Jagr has scored only once in the last 10 contests with the Senators, but that came in the last meeting on Feb. 8.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is also rewriting the Rangers' record books. His 30 wins are the most in club history in a rookie season.

The Senators have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2004. They lead the Carolina Hurricanes by three points atop the Eastern Conference.

Ottawa lost 3-2 in a shootout against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, its sixth consecutive shootout loss. The team's shooters have not converted in the last 16 attempts.

"It's been a big struggle for us and it's frustrating," Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson said. "Especially at home. You come back like we did and get the crowd into it and then can't win it for them. Maybe we've got to try some different shooters because we're not having success."

Dany Heatley, who scored two goals against the Devils, has three goals in his last two games and 12 points in his last nine contests. He surpassed his career high of 41 goals in a season and matched his career-best point total of 89, both set in 2002-03 with the Atlanta Thrashers.

STANDINGS: Rangers - 94 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division. Senators - 103 points, 1st place, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Rangers - Jagr, 52 goals, 61 assists and 113 points; Darius Kasparaitis, 97 PIM. Senators - Heatley, 42 goals; Jason Spezza, 57 assists; Alfredsson, 90 points; Chris Neil, 170 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Rangers - Power play: 19.5 percent (78 for 400), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.7 percent (370 for 437), 5th. Senators - Power play: 20.7 percent (88 for 426), 3rd. Penalty killing: 86.4 percent (367 for 425), 2nd.

GOALTENDERS: Rangers - Lundqvist (30-10-9, 2 SO, 2.15 GAA); Kevin Weekes (11-10-3, 0, 2.94). Senators - Ray Emery (20-6-3, 3, 2.64); Mike Morrison (10-4-2, 0, 2.80).


LAST MEETING: Feb. 8; Rangers, 5-1. At New York, Jagr scored a goal and added two assists and Lundqvist made 24 saves.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 18-12-6 on the road; Senators - 26-6-2 at home.

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