Jagr, injured twice during New York's first-round playoff loss
to New Jersey in the spring, hopped off the bench within the
opening 2 minutes as the Rangers and rival Islanders were skating
The sparse crowd, which included large pockets of fans
supporting each team, cheered, groaned and grew more vocal when
Jagr touched the puck for the first time deep in his own zone.
Jagr, the NHL MVP runner-up last season, skated in the offensive
end on the same shift -- carrying the puck from the left-wing boards
toward the center of the ice -- before the puck was knocked off his
stick by Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek 1:40 into the game.
Later in the period, Jagr skated with regular linemates Brendan Shanahan and Michael Nylander and drew a hooking penalty on
Miroslav Satan when the Islanders forward held him up high in the
The right winger sat out the first five preseason games, but
planned to play back-to-back days as the Rangers conclude the
exhibition schedule at Boston on Saturday.
In the scoreless first period, Jagr took six shifts that totaled
6:15 of ice time -- 1:43 on the power play. He didn't record a shot
on goal and absorbed minimal contact. Jagr was on the ice during a
Rangers man-advantage when the horn sounded to end the frame.
Jagr, who set Rangers records last season with 54 goals and 123
points, was cleared earlier this week to take part in full-contact
At the start of training camp, Rangers coach Tom Renney said it
was doubtful Jagr would play in any exhibition games, but a
positive medical report Monday changed the plan.
The 34-year-old All-Star injured his shoulder in the
playoff-opening loss to the Devils. He missed one game and then
returned for Game 3, but was largely ineffective after finishing
second in the NHL in goals and points.
Less than 1 minute into the final game of New Jersey's sweep,
Jagr was felled by a check from defenseman Brad Lukowich and was
knocked out for good.
He had surgery nine days later on May 8.