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NHL: NY Rangers 3, Washington 2 (OT)

April 3, 2004 at 6:38 PM

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Bobby Holik scored his second goal of the game 68 seconds into overtime Saturday as the New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2.

The Rangers ended their seventh consecutive non-playoff season.

The Rangers were a mere 27-40-7-8 in a season that began with high expectations and instead saw the dismantling of a roster full of high-priced veterans and the stepping down of Glen Sather as coach. New York was just 2-7

3 in its last 12 games.

Holik's second goal came on the power play, deflecting a shot from Thomas Pock past goaltender Olaf Kolzig.

New York played without Mark Messier, who elected not to make the trip. Messier, who is second on the all-time points list (1,887) to former Edmonton and New York teammate Wayne Gretzky, left open the possibility of returning next season.

The Capitals finish their season at Pittsburgh on Sunday.