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Jagr, Kolzig help Caps pad lead

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January 23, 2003


WASHINGTON -- Jaromir Jagr had two goals and an assist as the Capitals beat the slumping Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 Wednesday night.

Olaf Kolzig made 35 saves, including one with his neck that dazed him for a minute or so, for his 200th career victory. The Capitals snapped a four-game winless streak and moved 11 points ahead of Carolina, the defending Eastern Conference champion, in the Southeast Division.

The Hurricanes, playing without injured leading scorer Rod Brind'Amour, have lost eight in a row and are 0-3 against the Capitals. Carolina trailed 4-1 midway through the third period before two goals by Josef Vasicek made it close.

Jagr scored twice on one-timers, both on passes from Kip Miller, for his third multigoal game in 12 days. His first was Jan. 11, when he scored three times against Florida.

Jagr, who has 25 goals this season, also assisted on Miller's goal in the third period.

Meanwhile, Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour had surgery on his injured right hand and is expected to be out three months.

STARS 4, BLUE JACKETS 2: Mike Modano added two major feats to his list of franchise records as host Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to 9-0-3.

Modano tied Neal Broten when he stepped onto the ice for his 992nd game. His second-period assist on a goal by Bill Guerin moved him past Broten for the most in franchise history, 594.

SENATORS 2, PANTHERS 1: Marian Hossa scored two goals to lead visiting Ottawa. Hossa's second snapped a tie with 1:04 left. He was on his back along the right boards but got up, found the puck in the right circle and shot it. The puck deflected off goalie Jani Hurme, hit the post and went in.

OILERS 4, RED WINGS 3: Eric Brewer scored 1:42 into overtime to lift injury-riddled Edmonton at home. Brewer took a pass from Jason Chimera in the slot and fired a wrist shot into the top corner over goaltender Curtis Joseph.

MASCOT SCOLDED: Harvey the Hound is in the doghouse for his incessant yapping that prompted Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish to rip out the Calgary mascot's tongue.

Harvey was reprimanded by the Flames for his behavior behind the Oilers bench late in Monday's game.

Team spokesman Peter Hanlon said the team was not contacted by the league, and no grievance was filed.

Meanwhile, the Flames traded forward Jamie Wright to the Flyers and acquired defenseman Mike Mottau from the Rangers.

Calgary will receive future considerations from the Flyers. It sent a sixth-round pick in this year's or the 2004 draft to the Rangers.

FOES FINED: The Rangers and Islanders both were fined $25,000 for two pregame altercations Tuesday night.

AVALANCHE: Captain Joe Sakic is expected to be out 2-4 weeks with a broken foot.

BLACKHAWKS: Theo Fleury said he made a "bad choice" and was ready to accept the consequences after Ohio police said he was intoxicated after an altercation at a strip club. Coach Brian Sutter said the matter was being handled internally.

FLYERS: Forward John LeClair skated for the first time since injuring his shoulder Nov. 27 and expects to return by the end of February.

KINGS: Defenseman Aaron Miller and center Bryan Smolinski were activated from injured reserve. Miller has missed the past 18 games after breaking his left foot Dec. 11. Smolinski has missed the past 11 with an eye injury.

PENGUINS: Mario Lemieux, the NHL's leading scorer, missed practice again because of a groin injury and is likely to sit out tonight against Boston.

SABRES: Right wing Maxim Afinogenov took part in his first practice with teammates since September, when he was hit in the head by a puck during a scrimmage. He could play Friday against the Maple Leafs.

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