Jagr’s 100th Point Spectacular, Impetus for 4-0 Victory
Reaching 100 points wasn’t enough for Jaromir Jagr. He had to get that 100th point with a spectacular goal and add three assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins destroyed the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-0, Saturday at Pittsburgh.
“It was lucky,” said Jagr of his goal that made it 2-0. “If it was a good goal, I would tell you, but it was really kind of a lucky goal.”
Jagr was flat on the ice when he made a weak backhand shot. He was still there when the rebound came off goalie Ron Hextall and Jagr was able to reach up and bat the puck out of the air and past Hextall’s right shoulder.
The loss extended the Flyers’ winless streak to 10 games (0-7-3), their longest skid in nine years.
Said captain Eric Lindros: “I’ve never gone this long without a win. Everything just seems like an uphill battle right now.”
St, Louis 6, Edmonton 4--Craig Conroy had a goal and two assists, and goalie Grant Fuhr recorded his 100th win for St. Louis as the Blues ended a four-game losing streak by defeating the Oilers at St. Louis.
The Blues trailed 4-3 entering the third period, but Mike Eastwood scored from in front 18 seconds into the period to tie the game. Just 3:01 later, Pavol Demitra skated out from behind net to the right of Edmonton goalie Bob Essensa and passed cross ice to Lubos Bartecko, who swatted it into the open net for the game winner.
Fuhr returned to action a week early after missing 16 games because of arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He stopped 24 of 28 Edmonton shots, including 12 in the third period.
Calgary 5, Washington 4--Valeri Bure scored his second goal of the game with 1:29 left in overtime to give the Flames a come-from-behind victory over the Capitals at Washington.
Bure took a pass from Cory Stillman and fired a shot past Washington goalie Rick Tabaracci from the right circle for the game-winner. That completed a three-goal Calgary rally that helped the Flames come back from a late 4-2 deficit.
Florida 1, Tampa Bay 0--Rob Niedermayer scored a second-period goal and Sean Burke made 24 saves as the Panthers defeated the Lightning at Sunrise, Fla. for the fourth time in as many meetings.
Scott Mellanby set up a wide-open Niedermayer in the slot. His wrist shot cleanly beat Tampa Bay goaltender Corey Schwab for his 17th goal at 3:18 of the second period. Bill Lindsay also received an assist, the 100th of his career.
Buffalo 3, Boston 1--Michal Grosek broke a 1-1 tie 1:08 into the third period and goalie Dwayne Roloson slammed the door as the Sabres defeated the Bruins at Buffalo.
Michael Peca and Brian Holzinger also scored as Buffalo moved five points ahead of Boston for the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Roloson, making his 11th start of the season and seventh in place of injured goaltender Dominik Hasek, made 31 saves in his best performance of the season.
Montreal 2, Toronto 1--Sergei Zholtok scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jeff Hackett made 27 saves as the Canadiens won at home.
Benoit Brunet, who missed the last four games with a back injury, also scored for the Canadiens. Montreal has won both its games since Mark Recchi was traded Wednesday.
San Jose 3, Ottawa 2--Ron Stern scored twice in a three-goal first period and the Sharks held on to defeat the Senators at San Jose.
The Sharks built a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes on the goals by Stern and another by Andrei Zyuzin, which was just enough to hold off a late rally by the Senators.