|CAR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|WSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
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."
"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 said.
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 Staalpushed 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 Weekes.
Lang and Battaglia scored 34 seconds apart early in the third period for a 4-1 lead.
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.
|PPG - Jeff O'Neill (5) ASST: Eric Staal (11), Ron Francis (9)|
1 - 0 CAR
|Jaromir Jagr (14) ASST: Jeff Halpern (6), Peter Bondra (10)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Alexander Semin (4) ASST: Robert Lang (27), Jaromir Jagr (25)|
2 - 1 WSH
|PPG - Robert Lang (21) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (26), Alexander Semin (6)|
3 - 1 WSH
|Bates Battaglia (3) ASST: NONE|
4 - 1 WSH
|Steve Eminger Interference against Jeff O'Neill|
|Jeff O'Neill Hi-sticking against Joel Kwiatkowski|
|Alexander Semin Hooking - Obstruction against Jesse Boulerice|
|Kevyn Adams Tripping against Jason Doig|
|Kip Miller Too many men on the ice|
|Jeff O'Neill Hooking - Obstruction|
|Bret Hedican Tripping - Obstruction against Peter Bondra|
|Brendan Witt Slashing against Jeff O'Neill|
|Kevyn Adams Hooking against Michael Grier|
|Robert Boughner Holding against Bates Battaglia|
|Jason Doig Hi-sticking against Radim Vrbata|
|Kip Miller Holding against Glen Wesley|
|Michael Grier Boarding against Rod Brind'Amour|
|Steve Eminger Holding against Erik Cole|
|Ryan Bayda Roughing against Matt Pettinger|
|Matt Pettinger Roughing against Ryan Bayda|
|Rod Brind'Amour Tripping|
|SA: 16||TOI: 59:56|
|Saves: 12||EV: 8 - 10|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 6|
|SV%: .750||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 30||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 29||EV: 16 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 11 - 12|
|SV%: .967||SH: 2 - 2|