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JAGR HELPS PENGUINS END SKID
PITTSBURGH STRIKES EARLY IN WIN OVER CAROLINA

The Carolina Hurricanes got caught celebrating a rare success.

Friday night, the Hurricanes defeated New Jersey, 2-1. On Saturday night, it was the Pittsburgh Penguins grabbing a 4-1 victory over Carolina.

"We came out tonight like we just won the Stanley Cup, and all we won was one game," Carolina goalie Sean Burke said. "You get two points, you enjoy it for five minutes and forget about it. We tried to make the feeling last 24 hours and now the feeling is gone.

"We're disappointed and we should be. That was an awful effort. We started slow and we stayed slow all night. We were not prepared to play. They beat us in every area. It's a shame. We're not the kind of team that can afford to take one step forward and two back."

Jaromir Jagr set up one goal and scored another in the first five minutes as the Penguins scored on three of their six power-play chances.

The Penguins needed a strong game because they won't play another home game until Nov. 1. They begin an eight-game trip against the Rangers in New York on Tuesday.

"We wanted to win, period," center Ron Francis said. "Beyond that, we wanted to have a strong game at home because we haven't done that yet this year. Then it was important to get a good solid game under our belts because of this trip."

The Penguins' only two wins this season have come against Carolina. They beat the Hurricanes, 4-3, in Greensboro on Oct. 3 in their second game of the season. Pittsburgh won its first home game after two losses and a tie.

"We should have recognized that they'd be aggressive and hungry," Burke said. "We got ourselves in a hole early and we could never get out of it."

Francis knocked in Jagr's centering pass on Pittsburgh's first power play at 2:54 of the first.

Jagr scored his second of the season on a breakaway at 4:34, flipping a backhander past Burke. Jagr slipped behind three Hurricanes and Francis found him with a long lead pass.

Carolina's Keith Primeau cut the lead with a power play goal at 16:01. Primeau parked at the right side of the net and stuffed in Gary Roberts' pass for a goal.

Stu Barnes scored on a Pittsburgh power play at 3:50 of the second. Barnes scored again on a power play with 43 seconds left in the third.

Flyers 6, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL -- Former Montreal star John LeClair had three goals and two assists as Philadelphia beat the Canadiens.

LeClair has 17 goals and seven assists in 12 games against Montreal since joining the Flyers in a 1995 trade that sent Mark Recchi to the Canadiens.

LeClair assisted on goals from Eric Lindros and Dainius Zubrus as Philadelphia's Legion of Doom line accounted for 11 points.

Dan Kordic also scored for the Flyers, who improved to 4-2 and sent the Canadiens (2-1-1) to their first loss under coach Alain Vigneault. Montreal goalie Andy Moog also lost for the first time with the Canadiens. Recchi and Valeri Bure scored for Montreal.

Capitals 3, Islanders 1

LANDOVER, Md. -- Jan Bulis and Yogi Svejkovsky scored 1:26 apart early in the second period and Washington defeated New York to improve to 3-0 at home.

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar, playing in his first game of the season, also tallied for the Capitals. Gonchar, a free agent, missed the first five games of the year while negotiating a new contract.

Bryan Berard scored for the Islanders, who have dropped two straight games, both to the Capitals.

Avalanche 3, Coyotes 3

DENVER -- Jeremy Roenick beat Patrick Roy with a backhander with 4:40 left in the game to cap a three-goal Phoenix third-period spurt and lift the Coyotes into a tie with Colorado.

Dallas Drake and Deron Quint added third-period goals against Roy, 16-1-2 lifetime against the Coyotes. Roy stopped 28 of 31 shots for Colorado, who remained unbeaten this year.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 45 stops in 48 attempts for Phoenix. Khabibulin stopped Alexei Gusarov just in front of the net on the best scoring chance for either team in overtime.

Blues 5, Panthers 3

ST. LOUIS -- Brett Hull scored his league-leading sixth and seventh goals to give St. Louis a win over Florida.

Hull fired a hard shot from the slot to give the Blues a 3-2 lead at 12:58 of the second period. The power-play goal was the second of the night for the Blues, who are 4-1. The Panthers are 1-2.

The Blues have nine goals in 23 power plays this season, compared to two goals in 17 power plays at this time last year.

Oilers 2, Maple Leafs 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mats Lindgren scored on a short-handed steal to snap a tie and give Edmonton a victory over Toronto.

It was Lindgren's first goal -- and Edmonton's first short-handed goal -- of the year.