Dallas (7-4-0) at New York (4-3-1)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Nov 4, 2003
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The New York Rangers will have to figure out a way to slow down Bill Guerin and Dallas’ top line if they hope to snap the Stars’ four-game unbeaten streak.

The surging Stars face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the team’s only meeting of the season.

The forward unit of Guerin, Brenden Morrow and Jason Arnott has been almost unstoppable during the 3-0-1 stretch, tallying 21 points. Guerin has recorded two hat tricks in the last three contests, including one in Sunday’s 7-3 rout of Nashville.

“I’ve been the recipient of some really nice plays the last few games,” Guerin said. “I just want to keep working with Brenden and Arnie. We just need to keep working, and keep going out there and doing it on the ice.”

Guerin, who also had an assist Sunday, has nine goals this season and is second in the NHL behind Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, who has 11. Guerin is proving that he’s fully recovered from last season’s thigh injury that sidelined him for 18 regular-season games and the first round of the playoffs.

“You go out and play hard, do what you are supposed to do and let it happen,” Guerin said.

Guerin, who has five career hat tricks, has scored all nine of his goals at home this season. Dallas could use some of the big forward’s offense away from the American Airlines Center as it opens a three-game trip in New York.

The Rangers’ plan to contain the big and physical trio of Guerin, Morrow and Arnott could be to match a unit centered by 6-foot-4, 235-pound Bobby Holik against it. Holik, one of the NHL’s best in such a role, has had a strong season and played another physical game in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado.

The Rangers blew a 2-0 third-period lead to the Avalanche and lost on Karlis Skrastins’ goal 1:14 into the extra period.

“We should expect ourselves to win a game like this,” said New York’s Mike Dunham, who made 35 saves. “We gave them momentum and they took it from there.”

The Rangers, winners of four of six, have started to get their power play working, scoring with a manpower advantage in three straight games. New York had failed on its first 32 power-play chances.

New York took an early lead on a goal by Mark Messier, which moved him to within one point of Gordie Howe for second place on the NHL career list. Messier has 1,849 points on 680 goals and 1,169 assists.

The Rangers also welcomed back defenseman Brian Leetch, who made his season debut after missing nine games with a bruised ankle.

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