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Jagr's 100th Point Lifts Pens


Jaromir Jagr insisted there was only one word that adequately described the spectacular goal he scored for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

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  • "It was lucky," Jagr said after that goal, his 100th point of the season and assists on three others helped the Penguins beat Philadelphia 4-0. The loss stretched the Flyers' winless streak to 10 games, their longest skid in nine years.

    "If it was a good goal, I would tell you, but it was really kind of a lucky goal," Jagr said.

    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.

    "It was pretty spectacular," Flyers coach Roger Neilson said.

    "It's one of those that you shake your head at," Pittsburgh coach Kevin Constatine said. "You're witnessing something that's going to be on the highlight reel forever."

    Jagr seemed to be the only one who wasn't impressed and the Flyers really didn't care about his magic, instead focusing on their 0-7-3 streak. Their last victory was at home against the Penguins on Feb. 21.

    "I said it a week ago and I'll say it again: I'm surprised at how well we've stuck together," Hextall said. "That's our saving grace right now. This team has had every reason to crumble and we haven't. If we start to crumble, we're going to be in trouble."

    Said captain Eric Lindros: "I've never gone this long without a win. Everything just seems like an uphill battle right now."

    The Flyers' streak is the franchise's longest winless stretch since they were 0-7-3 since Dec. 31, 1989 to Jan. 23, 1990.

    Goalie Peter Skudra stopped 24 shots fo his third shutout of the season but was rarely seriously tested. His best stop came in the last minute of first period when he kicked out a pad to deny Lindros on a power play. Lindros had an excellent chance in the second period but put his shot off a post.

    Jaromir Jagr had a goal and three assists to help beat the Flyers.
    Jaromir Jagr had a goal and three assists to help beat the Flyers. (AP)

    "Nothing against him, but a lot of those shots were flutterballs from the outside," Hextall said. "I didn't think we had a lot of good chances."

    Jagr also assisted on Straka's goal at 32 seconds of the period. Newly-acquired Matthew Barnaby got possession of the puck as he left the penalty box and Jagr made a pass to Straka, who scored his 33rd.

    Jagr's pass sent Straka on a breakaway as a Penguins' penalty was expiring at 8:16 of the third. Straka burst past Daymond Langkow and beat Hextall.

    Straka and Jagr assisted on Rob Brown's power-play goal at 10:24 of the third. Jagr has had six games with least four points this season, including a five-point game against Buffalo on Feb 2. The four points matches Straka's career best, accomplished once earlier this year.

    Penguins defenseman Maxim Galanov sustained a separated left shoulder in the first period when he was run into the boards by Mark Recchi. Constantine said Galanov will be out at least a week.

    The Flyers were without left wing John LeClair, who missed his second game with a left hip injury.

    Skudra made his fifth consecutive start in place of Tom Barrasso, who is out another three weeks with a broken wrist. The Penguins are also without their top two defensemen, Kevin Hatcher, who has a broken foot, and Darius Kasparaitis, who has a strained knee.

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