Originally created 01/03/01

Lemieux, Jagr share NHL honor



NEW YORK -- Mario Lemieux needed two games to re-establish himself as one of the NHL's top players. And he helped Jaromir Jagr return to the top, too.

The Pittsburgh Penguins forwards were selected Tuesday as joint winners of the NHL's player of the week award after combining for 14 points in two games since Hall of Famer Lemieux ended his 3«-year retirement.

They are the first teammates to share the award since Bruins goalies Jim Carey and Byron Dafoe did on Oct. 20, 1997.

Lemieux had two goals and five assists in victories over Toronto and Ottawa. Jagr had four goals - all set up by Lemieux - and four assists in three games last week.

They outpolled Washington Capitals right wing Peter Bondra, who had five goals and two assists in three games.

Jagr had an assist in a 5-3 victory at Buffalo on Dec. 26, and Lemieux's comeback began the next night.

Lemieux had one goal and two assists Wednesday in a 5-0 victory over the Maple Leafs, including an assist on his first pass of his first shift, 33 seconds into the game. Jagr had two goals and two assists that night.

On Saturday, Lemieux had one goal and three assists to top 1,500 career points as Pittsburgh beat the Senators 5-3. Jagr had two goals and one assist to reach 1,000 points.

Jagr recently had a stretch with just one goal in 12 games and, as of two weeks ago, wasn't among the top 20 in scoring. Now he's tied for the NHL lead with 23 goals, and is ninth with 44 points.