Jagr sets Rangers' single-season points record
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jaromir Jagr broke a tie with Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle for the New York Rangers' single-season points record Wednesday night, assisting on Petr Prucha's power-play goal against the New York Islanders.
Jagr also assisted on Martin Straka's three goals.
Jagr, trying to hold off Joe Thornton for his sixth NHL scoring title, has 113 points in 73 games -- seven more than Thornton has in 70 games for Boston and San Jose. Jagr also has a league-leading 52 goals, tied with Adam Graves for the team record.
Ratelle had 109 points in the 1971-72 regular season before helping New York push Boston to six games in the Stanley Cup finals. Graves set the goal record in 1993-94, the season the Rangers won their last league title.
Jagr is 16th on the NHL's career goals list with 589, 22nd in assists with 833 and 14th in points with 1,422 in 1,100 games with Pittsburgh, Washington and New York. The 34-year-old Czech star is the favorite to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, an award he won in 1998-99 with the Penguins.
Prucha's goal gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 7:23 of the first period. Straka added goals at 8:53 and 13:59 of the first period and completed his hat trick at 12:14 of the second with his 18th goal of the season.
With the assists, Jagr extended his points streak to 10 games. He has nine goals and 12 assists during the run. In 73 career games against the Islanders, Jagr has 51 goals and 71 assists for 122 points.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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