Jaromir Jagr logged more ice time than any other Rangers forward Monday night. He still had enough energy to enjoy some postgame cheers from his new home crowd.
Jagr had a three-point night in his home debut for New York, setting up Brian Leetch's tiebreaking score and adding a third-period goal and assist in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.
"I'm glad it's behind me," Jagr said. "We won, that's all that matters. We needed that game."
Jagr, acquired Friday from Washington, enjoyed this game much more than his first _ a 9-1 drubbing in Ottawa on Saturday that he called embarrassing.
"Even if I'm 13 years in the league, something like that, first game in New York, I was a little bit nervous, a little bit scared," Jagr said.
Jagr was on a line centered by Eric Lindros and played just under 21 minutes in 24 shifts.
Though Rangers fans have been calling for the ouster of president/GM/coach Glen Sather, owner James Dolan said during the game he would not fire Sather.
RED WINGS 2, STARS 2: Teppo Numminen beat Detroit goalie Manny Legace with 6:02 left in regulation for the visitors. The Stars tied it when Numminen got the puck off a faceoff and knocked it toward the net. The puck slid through traffic and past Legace.
CANADIENS: Forward Pierre Dagenais was suspended for the next two games without pay by the league for hitting Maple Leaf Bryan Marchment in the face with his stick Saturday. No penalty was called.
CAPITALS: Owner Ted Leonsis apologized to season-ticket holder Jason Hammer for their physical altercation Sunday in Washington.
SENATORS: Coach Jacques Martin received a multiyear contract extension.
OBITUARY: Sugar Jim Henry, a goaltender for the Bruins, Blackhawks and Rangers from 1941-55, died Thursday in Winnipeg, the league said Monday.