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(Sports Network) - The New York seek their first winning streak of 2004 when they welcome the Minnesota to Madison Square Garden on what is sure to be a special night. Prior to the game, the Blueshirts will honor former goaltender Mike Richter, whose No. 35 will be retired to the MSG rafters.

Richter officially retired from the NHL in September as a result of post- concussion syndrome. He played for 15 years and ranks as the ' all-time leader in regular season victories (301), appearances (666) and minutes played (38,185), as well as most wins (41) and shutouts (nine) in the postseason. Of course he also backstopped the 1993-94 club, which ended the franchise's 54- year Stanley Cup drought.

Richter will join Rod Gilbert (No. 7) and Eddie Giacomin (No. 1) as the Blueshirts to have their numbers retired.

The current-day ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over visiting Vancouver on Monday. scored his second goal of the contest to break a tie with 2:41 remaining.

had a goal and an assist and dished out three helpers for the , who snapped out of their recent goal-scoring drought to end their slide. New York had scored just one goal in each of its previous three games.

stopped 27 shots in the winning effort, New York's second in the last 11 tilts (2-7-2).

On the injury front, center missed his third straight game with a concussion. He remains out indefinitely.

New York hasn't won two straight games since December 29-30.

The , who trail the rival by eight points for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, will visit New Jersey next Wednesday.

Minnesota, meanwhile, ended a five-game winless streak (0-2-1-2) with a 4-0 pounding of visiting St. Louis on Monday. stopped 24 shots to earn his third shutout of the season and lit the lamp twice -- including a penalty shot -- for the .

and each posted goals as well.

The game was a physical affair, as the 108 penalty minutes between both teams were a franchise record for combined minutes. The 48 penalty minutes for Minnesota were a season-high.

The , who will try to break a 12-game road winless streak (0-4-7-1), will host Los Angeles next Tuesday.

Minny defeated New York, 5-3, in St. Paul on October 10, thus snapping a five-game series losing streak.

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