Jagr works his magic

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1999 Playoffs

New Jersey series


New Jersey

Jaromir Jagr returned to action in a spectacular fashion after missing four games due to a groin injury. Jagr tied the game with 2:12 left in regulation, then won it in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins staved off playoff elimination by beating the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Sunday.

Jagr was still clearly hampered by the persistent groin injury and was not anywhere near 100% of his usual self.

"Yesterday during practice I felt pretty good," Jagr said. "I tried to do some stops and starts and they brought me some new pants to hold my legs a little tighter. I tried them on yesterday and it felt pretty good, that's why I decided to play."

With only few minutes left in regulation and the Penguins trailing 2-1, Jagr carried the puck into the Devils' zone and passed to German Titov and then got it back to score.

"Titov made a good play and beat the guy outside 1-on-1," Jagr said. "He threw it to the net and I just went to the net and hit the puck. It was kind of a lucky goal that just went in. That's the kind of goal you need in the playoffs."

The series now heads to a climactic Game 7 Tuesday night in New Jersey, a game that seemed improbable when the Devils took a 2-1 lead on Scott Niedermayer's goal at 4:34 of the third.

"We're absolutely disappointed about letting this one get away," Brian Rolston said of the Devils' sixth consecutive playoff overtime loss. "Jagr is the best player in the world, so we're not surprised. But we were pretty confident up 2-1 with 2 minutes to go."

In overtime Martin Straka brought the puck down the left wing boards before passing to Jagr, who put the puck high in the net for the game-winner at 8:59 of overtime.

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