Final

Series (Game 3 of 5)

Washington leads 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 26th
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Game 2: Thursday, November 7th
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OT
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Game 3: Saturday, January 11th
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Game 4: Saturday, February 15th
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Game 5: Tuesday, April 1st
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Panthers 2

(12-14-8, 41 pts)

Capitals 12

(20-16-2, 47 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 11, 2003

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 T
FLA 0 0 22
WSH 4 5 312

J. Jagr (Capitals - RW): Goals: 3, Assists: 4

P. Bondra (Capitals - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

S. Gonchar (Capitals - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

Jagr matches career-high with seven points

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jaromir Jagr backed up his selection to the Eastern Conference's starting lineup in the NHL All-Star game in a big way Saturday night.

Jaromir Jagr

Jaromir Jagr is very intrigued by the prospect of playing for the Rangers.

Jagr had three goals and four assists to match his career high with seven points as the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 12-2 on Saturday night.

Jagr had his first multi-goal game of the season and his 10th career hat trick, his first since March 10, 2001, with Pittsburgh. His other seven-point game was Dec. 30, 1999, for the Penguins against the New York Islanders.

"It's just one night, just one game," said Jagr, downplaying his achievement.

Selected as a starter for the Eastern Conference earlier in the day, Jagr tied the Capitals' record for points set by Dino Ciccarelli on March 18, 1989, against Hartford.

Jagr, who hinted he was only going to the Feb. 2 game in Sunrise, Fla., because the fans voted him in, put on a vintage offensive performance reminiscent of the player who has led the league in scoring five times.

"It was a little like an All-Star game -- lots of goals and lots of nice plays," said Jagr, who hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 30. "But don't get used to it."

Jagr sat out most of the third period, missing a chance to pick up his eighth point of the night.

"That's honorable," Capitals coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Good for him for not putting personal goals ahead of the team."

Kip Miller had a career-best four assists for the Capitals, who equaled the franchise record for goals in a game set in a 12-2 victory over Quebec on Feb. 6, 1990.

Peter Bondra and Dainius Zubrus each had two goals and Robert Lang, Sergei Gonchar, Steve Konowalchuk, Michael Nylander and Jason Doig also scored for Washington, which has gained at least one point in its last 12 games, going 7-0-3-2.

Olli Jokinen and Marcus Neilson scored for Florida, which matched the franchise mark for goals allowed set April 10, 1999, in a 9-1 loss at Toronto.

"Well, it's what you call a good old shellacking, isn't it?" Panthers coach Mike Keenan said. "I think it's so off the chart that you pack your bags and let's leave in half an hour and go on to the next city."

Washington's power play, in a 5-for-55 slump entering the game, opened the scoring 1:43 into the first period when Lang poked Jagr's rebound past Jani Hurme for his 11th goal.

"When (Jagr) gets going early, gets rewarded and gets some points, those seem to be the games where he has a little more juice," Cassidy said.

Later in the period, the Capitals scored three times in a span of four shots to make it 4-0.

At 7:25, Jagr scored off a rebound, his first goal since Dec. 30. Jagr stole the puck from Sandis Ozolinsh behind the net and fed Gonchar, who scored on the doorstep with 5:35 left.

Another Florida turnover helped the Capitals make it 4-0 with 3:55 to go. Bondra took the puck from Jamie Rivers behind the net and flung it in front, where Zubrus knocked it in.

Seventeen seconds into the second period, Konowalchuk scored his 11th goal, knocking out Hurme in favor of Roberto Luongo.

Luongo fared no better, allowing Jagr's second goal of the game at 8:49. Jagr completed his hat trick on a slap shot from the right circle at 10:39 for his team-best 21st goal.

Jagr then picked up an assist on Nylander's 11th goal at 13:32 and fed Doig at 16:15 for his first goal since his first NHL game on Oct. 7, 1995. The Capitals' five-goal second period was their best offensive period of the season.

Hurme returned to start the third period and Florida averted a shutout on Jokinen's unassisted goal with 16:01 left. Bondra then scored twice in a 1:41 span to make it 11-1.

Game notes
Thirteen of the Panthers' 15 January games are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The lone exceptions were Saturday's game and a Jan. 18 home contest against Pittsburgh. ... Capitals D Calle Johansson left in the first period because of a sore back. ... Florida assigned LW Stephane Matteau to San Antonio of the AHL. ... The Capitals' nine straight goals tied a record set in a 10-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Feb. 3, 1999. ... Washington defensemen Ken Klee and Gonchar were both plus-7.

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