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Jagr repeats as NHL scoring champion

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Posted: Monday April 19, 1999 12:24 AM

  After his game-winning overtime goal sent Wayne Gretzky's Rangers out with a loss, Jaromir Jagr let No. 99 know that he will be missed. AP

It was appropriate that Jaromir Jagr scored the winning goal in Wayne Gretzky's final game.

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, whose overtime goal gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday, finished with 127 points, 20 more than runner-up Teemu Selanne of Anaheim.

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.

Colorado's Milan Hejduk had two assists Sunday to capture the rookie scoring title with 48 points. He scored 18 points in his final 15 games to edge New Jersey's Brendan Morrison by one point.

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.

Dallas goalies Ed Belfour and Roman Turek combined to allow the fewest goals for one team, claiming the Jennings Trophy for the first time in Stars' history.

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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