JAGR SCORES THREE TO LEAD RANGERS TO 6-1 TRIUMPH
Jaromir Jagr scored three goals Saturday night to lift the New York Rangers to a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
Jagr, a former Penguin, scored twice in the second period and completed his 17th-career hat-trick in the third period with a tally. Meanwhile, Steve Rucchin had a pair of third-period goals to seal the game for the Rangers.
New York’s Jed Ortmeyer scored the first period’s lone goal. Following a Penguins turnover in their own end, Ortmeyer put the Rangers up 1-0 just 2:15 into the game. He broke in alone on Jocelyn Thibault, who made the initial save. However, Ortmeyer punched in his own rebound.
Jagr’s two goals gave the Rangers a 3-1 edge at the second intermission.
His first gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead 8:42 into the period. He one-timed a pass behind Thibault.
He scored 15 seconds later when he ripped a wrist shot past Thibault at 8:57.
Mark Recchi cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-1 with 11:45 remaining in the period. His wrister beat Kevin Weekes to the glove side. Ryan Malone and Steve Poapst earned assists.
Rucchin gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead when he deflected a Tom Poti shot past Thibault at 1:46 on the power play.
Rucchin added his second 9:01 later when he ripped a loose puck past Thibault from the slot.
Jagr completed the hat-trick with a power-play goal with less than two minutes to play.
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