New York (14-13-3) at Los Angeles (16-12-3)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Tue Dec 30, 2003
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The Los Angeles Kings look to extend their home unbeaten streak to eight games as they host the New York Rangers at Staples Center.

The Kings tied the San Jose Sharks 4-4 Saturday, improving to 4-0-3 over their last seven home games. Sean Avery scored the tying goal at 8:15 of the third period, and Jozef Stumpel had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, which rebounded from a 5-0 loss in San Jose the night before.

“I think definitely a lot of (our top players) stepped up,” said coach Andy Murray. “I think the (Avery) line was the energy line.”

The tie also kept another streak alive for the Kings, leaving them winless in their last five games overall (0-1-4).

“It was a pretty exciting game,” said Los Angeles goalie Cristobal Huet. “We came out pretty strong at first. They had some breaks.

“I’m pretty disappointed just to get a point.”

The Rangers are coming off Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes—their third victory in five games. Tom Poti scored one minute into extra time for his second game-winner in five games.

“We only had to score this one to get the game over with so we didn’t have to spend any more energy,” said Poti. “We’ve got a game (at Los Angeles) tomorrow night.”

Mark Messier added a goal and two assists and Eric Lindros had two assists for New York, which is playing the second of a season-high tying four-game road trip.

“It was just an ugly game,” Messier said. “You know, we could have had three or four early, and then not much seemed to happen after that.

“But we’ve played a lot of good games this year and never got anything out of it, so maybe it’s good fortune for us where we didn’t play our best game and got two points.”

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