Colorado (5-5-0) at New York (4-3-0)

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The Colorado Avalanche look to bounce back from a sloppy effort as they visit Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers.

Colorado is coming off a 4-3 loss at New Jersey on Saturday, an effort that Avalanche goaltender David Aebischer admitted was less than satisfactory.

“We got a little bit sloppy in the third (period),” Aebischer said. “That wound up costing us in the end.”

Colorado coach Tony Granato agreed that poor play proved costly against the Devils.

“The (Devils) thrive on that and that’s what they’re built on,” Granato said. “When we did make a mistake, it was in the back of our net.”

Joe Sakic, Alex Tanguay—extending his point-scoring streak to eight games—and Milan Hedjuk had Colorado’s goals. The Avalanche got Teemu Selanne back in the lineup, but were without Peter Forsberg.

Selanne returned after missing one game because of a swollen knee. Forsberg sat out due to a groin injury and is not expected to play in this game.

New York, which is 1-6-0 in its last seven meetings against Colorado, is coming off an impressive 5-1 win at Montreal on Saturday night.

Rookie forward Dominic Moore had three assists one day after being recalled from Hartford of the AHL, tying a club record for points in an NHL debut set by George Allen on Dec. 20, 1938, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“Well, he had an excellent training camp,” Rangers captain Mark Messier said. “Right from the first day he was one of the most fit players in camp and played well all through camp. He showed in the exhibition season that he was ready to play, and came in now when he got an opportunity and played excellent.”

The Rangers became the last NHL team to score a power-play goal this season when they got one in a 4-1 win over Carolina on Thursday, but scored two with the man advantage on Saturday,

“Our power play, obviously, has been struggling right from the beginning of the season,” New York’s Martin Rucinsky said. “We’ve been working on it every day but it just couldn’t click, and all of a sudden we got one our last game and we got a couple tonight. It’s going to be a key to our game so we just want to make sure it’s going to keep going.”

Mike Dunham made 34 saves for New York, which has won two in a row and four of five

STANDINGS (through Oct. 31): Avalanche - 10 points, 3rd place, 6 PB, Northwest Division. Rangers - 10 points, 4th place, 4 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Avalanche - Hejduk, 8 goals; Forsberg, 11 assists and 16 points; Jim Cummins, 30 PIM. Rangers - Petr Nedved and Messier, 3 goals; Alexei Kovalev and Chris Simon, 4 assists; Nedved and Kovalev, 5 points; Simon, 64 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 31): Avalanche - Power play: 26.5 percent (13 for 49), 3rd (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.3 percent (35 for 42), 16th (tied). Rangers - Power play: 14 percent (3 for 42), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.8 percent (39 for 46), 12th.

GOALTENDERS: Avalanche - Aebischer (5-3-0, 1 SO, 2.01 GAA); Phil Sauve (0-2-0, 0, 3.56). Rangers - Dunham (4-2-2, 1, 1.82); Jussi Markkanen (0-1-0, 0, 5.00).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Avalanche, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 23; Avalanche, 4-1. At Colorado, Hejduk, Forsberg and Tanguay combined for three goals and three assists for the Avalanche.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Avalanche - 2-2-0-0 on the road; Rangers - 3-1-2-0 at home.

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