2006_03_srangerslib.gifIf not for Martin Straka’s skate, Jaromir Jagr would hold the record for most goals in a season by a Ranger. Jagr appeared to have scored his 53rd goal of the year in the second period, but replays showed that it actually went off of Straka and instead of a goal, Jagr was credited with his fourth assist while Straka got a natural hat trick in the Rangers’ 5-1 win. While Jagr didn’t get the goal record, he did set the franchise points record, breaking Jean Ratelle’s mark of 109.

One change the Rangers have made is adding Colton Orr to the mix recently. Orr gives the Rangers a tough guy and will prevent opposing teams from trying to rough up Jagr and some of the other finesse players. Orr played his role to perfection last night, getting in two fights and causing the Islanders to take some dumb penalties.

The win puts the Rangers four points ahead of Philadelphia for first place, but they will have no time to rest. Tonight they head to Ottawa to face the Senators, one of the powerhouses of the Eastern Conference.