NEW YORK (TICKER) —The New York Rangers look to continue their unlikely push toward a playoff spot on Monday night when they bring a five-game unbeaten streak into Madison Square Garden against the Florida Panthers.
The Rangers trail the New York Islanders by four points for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers, however, have played two more games than the Islanders.
Former Panther Radek Dvorak had a career-high three assists in the first period as New York scored four times in posting a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia on Friday. Jamie Lundmark opened the scoring six minutes into the game and Bobby Holik and Dan LaCouture added goals just 28 seconds apart.
Holik also tallied in the third period for his third multi-goal game this season.
New York has three wins and a tie on its current five-game homestand. The Rangers have allowed only five goals on the homestand.
Florida paid a visit to the Garden just nine days ago and suffered a 5-2 loss. Dvorak, Mark Messier and defenseman Brian Leetch all scored in the first period as the Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead and never trailed.
The Rangers improved to 3-0 against the Panthers this season.
Florida has lost five of seven, scoring just nine goals in that span. The Panthers had six power-play chances in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Buffalo.