Ottawa 5, NY Rangers 2

Jan. 6, 2003 at 11:08 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Marian Hossa continued his tear by scoring twice Monday night and leading the high-flying Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers.

Hossa tied the game at 1-1 midway through the first period and made it 4-2 early in the third. With six goals in his last three contests, he has 27 for the season, one behind Vancouver's Markus Naslund for the NHL lead.

Todd White, Magnus Arvedson and Petr Schastlivy also scored for Ottawa, which won for the 20th time in its last 28 games (20-3-4-1) and improved the league's best record to 25-9-5-1.

The Senators improved to 2

0-1 since they were unable to make payroll on Wednesday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was at Madison Square Garden, where he said an interim financing plan is in place for the cash-strapped team.

The Rangers don't have such problems, but they can't win. With the highest payroll in the NHL, they fell to 3-9-2-1 since hitting the break-even mark on Dec. 3.

Already without seven injured regulars, New York lost right wing Ronald Petrovicky to a sprained ankle and left wing Gordie Dwyer to a strained hamstring.

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