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JAGR REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN PENS' ROMP

Jaromir Jagr again demonstrated why he is the most dominant offensive player in the NHL.

Jagr had a career-high seven points, scoring three goals and assisting on four others as the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the New York Islanders, 9-3, on Thursday night.

"It's a scary thing what he's doing," teammate Kip Miller said.

Jagr, who leads the NHL with 31 goals and 66 points in 35 games, broke his career points mark of six -- one goal and five assists -- set in an 11-5 victory over Philadelphia in 1993.

"It was a wide-open game and we had the lead right away so we didn't have to battle much," Jagr said. "We had a two-goal lead, three-goal lead all the game. When we get the lead, the other team has to open up and that's helped me a lot."

Jagr said he had no indication before the game that he would have such a performance.

"I felt so bad during warm-ups, I left after five minutes," Jagr said. "I was so tired I didn't want to skate around any more. I usually stay for 15 or 20 minutes, but I left after five minutes. Sometimes it helps."

Jagr missed a shot at another point when Miller had the puck roll off his stick on a breakaway that Jagr's pass set up.

"If I get that breakaway, he has eight points," Miller said. "That's what I'm mad about."

Jagr's seven points were one short of the club record held by Mario Lemieux. Jagr joked that he was glad he didn't tie Lemieux, the team owner.

"I need a paycheck," Jagr said with a laugh.

The Czech star completed his sixth career hat trick and second of the season at 14:48 of the third period. The Penguins had extended power-play time after New York's Gino Odjick was given a major penalty for punching Darius Kasparaitis.

Pittsburgh, coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Washington on Wednesday night, scored five-power play goals after converting just two of their previous 32 chances.

The Penguins won for the fourth time in five games.

MacInnis beats Sharks in OT

ST. LOUIS -- Al MacInnis scored with 1:20 left in overtime as the St. Louis Blues beat the San Jose Sharks, 2-1, in a game that featured two penalty shots.

MacInnis, who got the puck off a faceoff and moved in from the point, beat goalie Steve Shields with a wrist shot for the star defenseman's sixth goal of the season.

Blues center Pierre Turgeon extended his team-record assist streak to 12 games, setting up Jochen Hecht's power-play goal that tied it at 8:11 of the third period.

Turgeon, who also has a 13-game scoring streak, got the puck behind the net and passed to Hecht in front. Hecht moved across the crease and slid a backhand shot past Shields. St. Louis has outscored opponents, 41-19, in third period.

With 20.8 seconds left in regulation, Turgeon had a chance to win the game when referee Brad Watson called a penalty shot on San Jose's Stephane Matteau for intentionally knocking the net off its moorings. But Turgeon's shot hit the goal post.

Earlier, the Blues faced their first penalty shot since Dec. 9, 1996, when referee Paul Stewart penalized goalie Roman Turek for throwing his stick at Jeff Friesen. However, Turek stopped Friesen's wrist shot between his pads at the 7:50 mark of the second period.

Vernon dealt to Panthers

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Veteran goaltender Mike Vernon, a winner of two Stanley Cups in his 15-year NHL career, was dealt to the Florida Panthers in a three-way deal.

The New York Rangers also were in on the trade, which saw Florida right wing Radek Dvorak joining the Rangers and forward Todd Harvey going to San Jose.

Vernon, 36, was displaced by Steve Shields as the Sharks' starting goaltender this year. He had a 6-5-1 record and a 2.49 goals-against average in 15 starts with San Jose this season.

Vernon, who won Stanley Cup titles with Calgary in 1989 and Detroit in 1997, fills a need for Florida. Starting goaltender Trevor Kidd is out for two months after dislocating his shoulder on Dec. 13.

The Panthers also received a third-round pick in the upcoming draft from San Jose. The Sharks picked up a fourth-round pick in 2001 from the Rangers along with Harvey.

Dvorak, a native of the Czech Republic, has seven goals and 10 assists this season.

Harvey, the Dallas Stars' first-round pick in the 1993 draft, has three goals and three assists in 31 games with the Rangers this season.

Around the rinks

Jocelyn Thibault made 29 saves and Doug Gilmour and Alex Zhamnov scored goals as the Blackhawks beat the Panthers, 2-1. Florida star Pavel Bure failed to record a point, ending his franchise-record points streak at 11 games. . . . Rob Valicevic and Cliff Ronning each scored twice and Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves as the Predators beat the Thrashers, 6-0, to extend their franchise-record unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3). . . . Even though Gordie Howe had both knees replaced and a cancerous growth removed from his leg this year, the 71-year-old said he wants to play in a professional hockey game in a seventh decade. And the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers, who allowed the Hall of Famer to play in a pro game during the 1990s, said they'd be glad to have him back. Howe, who first played in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946, is the only player to skate in at least one professional hockey game during each of six decades.

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