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Jagr repeats as NHL scoring champion
Posted: Monday April 19, 1999 12:24 AM
Call it a symbolic passing of the torch from the greatest scorer in NHL history to the greatest scorer in the game today.
While Gretzky finished the season with only 62 points, the second-lowest total in his NHL career, Jagr won the scoring title for the second straight season and third time in five years.
Jagr led the league with 83 assists, while Selanne was the top goal-scorer with 47 -- the first time since 1969-70 that the NHL didn't have at least one 50-goal scorer, excluding the lockout-shortened 1995 season.
Ottawa goalie Ron Tugnutt led the league with a 1.79 goals-against average, the lowest since Tony Esposito had a 1.77 mark in 1971-72.
Buffalo's Dominik Hasek, the NHL's most valuable player the past two seasons, got his ninth shutout of the season Sunday with a 3-0 win over Washington. But he was runner-up in that category to Boston's Byron Dafoe, who finished with 10.
Anaheim's Guy Hebert was the league's most tested goalie, facing 2,114 shots in 69 games -- an average of almost 31 shots.
Gary Roberts of Carolina, who came out of retirement last season after career-threatening neck injuries, led the NHL in hits with 260 -- an average of 3.37 per game.
Dallas led the league in points for the second straight year with 114, while New Jersey finished first in the Eastern Conference with 105.
The division winners were New Jersey (Atlantic), Ottawa (Northeast), Carolina (Southeast), Detroit (Central), Colorado (Northwest) and Dallas (Pacific).
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