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Jagr makes history in Rangers win

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Associated Press
2/10/2007 9:57:23 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jaromir Jagr became the 12th player in NHL history to score 1,500 points, earning three assists to help the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Saturday night.

Jagr reached the mark by setting up power-play goals by Michal Rozsival in the first and third periods. The Rangers captain added a third assist with 13:51 left, sending a centring pass that Martin Straka fired past Olie Kolzig to provide New York with a two-goal cushion.

Straka added an empty-netter with 29.5 seconds remaining.

Alex Ovechkin and Chris Clark scored power-play goals for the Capitals, who were 0-for-15 with the extra man in their last four games. Coach Glen Hanlon reconfigured the unit on Friday, and the change produced the desired results.

But the Rangers limited Washington to only 19 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all but two in a sufficient encore to his 5-0 shutout of Tampa Bay on Friday night.

Jagr has 612 goals and 889 assists in 1,165 career games. But he failed to fulfil high expectations in Washington before being traded to New York in 2004, and thus many in the sellout crowd booed him every time he touched the puck.

Rozsival put the Rangers up 3-2 with 15:43 to go, beating Kolzig on a blast between the circles off a centring pass from Michael Nylander. Jagr got the puck to Nylander, who was behind the net.

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