The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game under new coach Herb Brooks as NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr had two goals and three assists in a 6-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes last night in Raleigh, N.C.
It was the fifth five-point night of Jagr's career. He has 52 points in 29 games. Jan Hrdina added two goals and an assist, and Martin Straka had three assists.
The Hurricanes closed to 4-3 early in the third, but Michael Rozsival gave Pittsburgh a two-goal margin with his first NHL goal. Rozsival's goal--five seconds after Paul Coffey took a holding penalty--was the first power-play goal allowed by Carolina in 32 home chances.
Jagr added an assist on German Titov's empty-net goal with 24 seconds left.
Pittsburgh had won three straight at home since Brooks took over for Kevin Constantine last week, but kept its hot streak alive on the road, winning for only the fourth time in 15 games away from Civic Arena.
"You get a certain sense when you play Pittsburgh that when Jaromir Jagr decides that he's having that kind of night we could have scored six and he would have found a way to get eight," Carolina Coach Paul Maurice said. "We are not talking about a good hockey player here, we're probably talking about the best hockey player in the world."
RANGERS 8, KINGS 3: In New York, John MacLean had two goals and two assists and Todd Harvey scored twice in a six-goal first period.
RED WINGS 5, OILERS 1: Doug Brown, playing for the first time since Nov. 28, scored two goals and host Detroit won its fourth straight, snapping the Oilers' modest two-game streak.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, ISLANDERS 1: Jonas Hoglund had two goals and an assist to lead the Maple Leafs. Tie Domi, Steve Thomas and Bryan Berard also scored for Toronto, which improved its home record to an NHL-best 15-4-2.
PANTHERS 3, PREDATORS 2: Pavel Bure scored his eighth goal in the last eight games at 8:36 of the third period to lift Florida at home. Florida, 12-2-1 at home, has won four of its last five games.
STARS 5, FLAMES 1: Joe Nieuwendyk energized Dallas's slumping power play with two man-advantage goals to send the Stars to victory at home.
MIGHTY DUCKS 4, AVALANCHE 2: Jeff Nielsen had his first career two-goal game to help Anaheim to its fourth consecutive road game.