WASHINGTON (AP) -- As desperate as the Washington Capitals were for a win,
Jaromir Jagr was equally determined to produce some offense.
Jagr broke out of a prolonged slump with a goal and two assists, and the
Capitals snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 4-1 victory Friday night
over the Carolina Hurricanes.
"I'll tell you what, if you want to go on a hot streak, you've got to win
the ugly games," Jagr said. "I think we can go on a hot streak."
Alexander Semin, Robert Lang and Bates Battaglia also scored as the Capitals
recorded the 1,000th regular-season victory in the franchise's 30-year history
by scoring on four of their 16 shots.
"I don't think too many teams have 1,000 wins," Washington defenseman
Brendan Witt said. "It's been hanging on forever."
Washington had gone 0-6-1 since beating Montreal on Dec. 23 to move within a
game of the milestone. The Capitals scored only eight goals during that span.
Jagr's drought coincided with the Capitals' slide. Jagr, held without a goal
since scoring against Montreal, had one point in his previous seven games and
was pointless in his last five.
"You can never fault Jags ... on his work," coach Glen Hanlon said. "He's
doing all the things he (supposed to be) doing."
Jagr benefited from a new alignment that placed him with center Jeff Halpern
and Lang. With Halpern holding the puck down low, Hanlon said, both Jagr and
Lang had more opportunity to freewheel.
"It's a pretty good experiment," Hanlon said.
Jeff O'Neill scored for Carolina, which had won two straight. Of the
Capitals' 12 victories, three have come against the Hurricanes.
"When we come into town, they look like world beaters over there," O'Neill
An interference penalty against Washington's Steve Eminger led to a goal by
O'Neill that gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead 5:53 into the game. Eric Staal
pushed a pass from the end line and O'Neill chipped the puck over Olaf Kolzig
for his fifth goal.
Jagr tied the game in the opening minute of the second period, two seconds
after a Capitals power play expired. Skating in front of the goal, he knocked
in the rebound of Peter Bondra's drive from the right point.
Semin's power-play goal put Washington up 2-1 with 4:07 left in the second.
Semin was at the left post to backhand the rebound of a shot by Lang past Kevin
Lang and Battaglia scored 34 seconds apart early in the third period for a
Lang notched his 21st goal on a power play when defenseman Aaron Ward failed
to clear the puck out of the left corner. Lang backed into the left circle and
squeezed a wrist shot between Weekes and the left post at 2:15.
Battaglia scored an unassisted goal at 2:49 after picking up a loose puck
near the left boards.