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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers

After failing to reach a career milestone at his former home arena, New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr returns to his current home to try and accomplish the feat.

Jagr tries again to score his 600th career goal when the Rangers host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Jagr was unable to get the offense on track in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh as New York (10-9-2) lost for the third time in four games.

The Rangers were held to just 11 shots through the first two periods and Jagr finished with just two.

"The start to the game went all wrong," New York coach Tom Renney said. "I guess we thought that this team would fold and give us everything that we wanted without us having to work for it. That wasn't the case."

Jagr, who spent his first 11 NHL seasons with the Penguins, failed to score a goal for the first time in three games. He has eight goals and 21 assists this season and remains one goal away from becoming the 16th NHL player with 600.

"I don't really care about any of that," Jagr said of not scoring No. 600 in Pittsburgh.

Jagr has three goals in his last two games at Madison Square Garden, and has six goals and eight assists in his last nine games against the Lightning (10-8-1).

Brendan Shanahan scored the Rangers' lone goal on Saturday - the 613th of his career - and has three goals and four assists during a five-game points streak.

Henrik Lundqvist had 22 saves against the Penguins, and has allowed three or more goals in eight of his last 10 starts. He is 2-0-2 with a 1.93 GAA in his career against Tampa Bay.

The Lightning won the final two meetings against the Rangers last season to split the series.

After losing eight of their last nine road games to close the 2005-06 season, the Lightning have been a tough team to beat away from home this season. Tampa Bay is 5-2-1 away from St. Pete Times Forum.

The Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 in a shootout on Friday, their fourth win in five games overall. Dmitry Afanasenkov scored the lone shootout goal in the seventh round, as former Rangers goaltender Johan Holmqvist won his first career shootout game.

Holmqvist stopped 29 shots in regulation and made a glove save on a close shot by Viktor Kozlov with 42.8 seconds left in the third period.

"He was rock solid," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "I thought he made some huge saves at key times."

Holmqvist has been instrumental to the Lightning's recent success, winning his last five starts while posting a 2.15 goals-against average in that span.

"I feel good, my confidence is good," said Holmqvist, who played in just four games for the Rangers over three seasons before signing with Tampa Bay in the offseason. "The only thing you can just do is try and stay focused."

Holmqvist has started five of the Lightning's last seven games while regular starter Marc Denis has struggled.

After starting the season 5-3 with a 2.21 GAA, Denis has allowed 15 goals to lose his last four starts. Denis has been stellar against New York in his career, though, going 4-1 with a tie, a 2.12 GAA and two shutouts.

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DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 09 '07TBL 0 at NYR 5C. Orr
Feb 03 '07NYR 2 at TBL 3V. Lecavalier
Dec 23 '06NYR 3 at TBL 4D. Boyle
Nov 19 '06TBL 1 at NYR 4M. Nylander
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