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A Broadway Debut to Remember for Jagr

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Jaromir Jagr's first game at Madison Square Garden since Friday's trade that brought him to the Big Apple was certainly one that he nor Rangers fans will forget anytime soon.

Jagr tallied a goal, the eventual game-winner, and collected a pair of assists to help lead the Rangers to a convincing 5-2 over the Florida Panthers.

The 6-2, 234-pounder was named the game's first star and became the first New York player to record three-or-more points in his MSG debut as a Ranger since Ray Ferraro collected four points (two goals, two assists) on October 11, 1995.

Following the game, the Rangers' newest right winger expressed his satisfaction when asked about his anticipated Broadway debut.

"After the first game being a 9-1 loss, it's kind of a big relief for me," he said after Monday's win over Florida. " I said before I came here that there was only one goal - to help this team. Nothing personal, just help the team. I'm glad we did it tonight and hopefully we can continue and get on a winning streak. That's what we need."

"I'm glad it's (the debut) behind me," he added. "We won. That's all that matters. We needed that game and we've got two more to go at home (this week). Hopefully we'll play the same way we played today."

RANGERS COMMENT ON JAGR'S DEBUT:
M. Messier - "Well, he found a way to produce three goals in a tight game and that's what great players do. He's just a beautiful hockey player. I don't know how else to describe it. He's got power and finesse. He produces goals and makes things happen out of nowhere. Just a great addition to our team."

P. Nedved - "He played great. He's the most gifted player in the National Hockey League and when he gets enough room out there, he's going to beat a guy one-on-one. Playing with him before, and watching him, he draws the double-team a lot of time because he does beat guys one-on-one and when they don't double-team, somebody is always open. He's going to go around guys, and there's not too many guys that can actually still beat guys one-on-one. He's definitely one of them."

J. Markkanen - "Well, I guess everybody saw what a great and creative player he is. Nobody ever talks about his defensive game, but he made a couple of really good defensive plays today."
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