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Jagr named NHL Offensive Player of Month

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr, who led all scorers with 22 points (4 goals, 18 assists) and posted a +6 rating in 13 games, has been named the NHL Offensive Player of the Month for December.

Jagr edged Minnesota Wild center Brian Rolston (8-13--21 in 16 games), San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (5-16--21 in 13 games), Florida Panthers center Olli Jokinen (8-12--20 in 15 games) and Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy (5-15--20 in 13 games) for the award.

Named to the Czech Republic Olympic team Dec. 22, Jagr tallied points on 61% of Rangers goals in December (22 of 36) and had six multiple-point games, including one-goal, three-assist efforts in victories at St. Louis (5-4, Dec. 10) and Long Island (6-2, Dec. 28). He notched a goal and two assists in a 5-1 victory at Nashville Dec. 8 and had three assists in a 4-2 home victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning Dec. 22.

The NHL's leading scorer with 61 points (25 goals, 36 assists) in 39 games, Jagr is on pace to record 129 points this season, the second-highest total in his 15-year NHL career
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