2006_03_sjagrhatrick.jpgThe building was rocking to the chants of “MVP” and Rangers’ fans were being treated to a dominant performance from a player for the first time since Mark Messier left for Vancouver. It was a night when Jaromir Jagr looked unstoppable and the idea that the Rangers would lose seemed impossible.

All it took to remind the crowd of 18,200 that hockey is a team sport was a stupid penalty by Ryan Hollweg. After Jagr had scored his second goal to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead, Hollweg unleashed a vicious and illegal hit on R.J. Umberger, a former Ranger in name only. Hollweg earned a game misconduct and a five-minute major penalty for his hit and the Flyers capitalized for two goals to take a 3-2 lead.

It seemed as if that hit took the life out of New York because after they finally killed off the major penalty they gave up a goal on a bad turnover to make it 4-2. Jagr got his hat trick and brought it to 4-3, but Philadelphia kept them off the board and won 6-3. The loss brings the Rangers into a tie for first with the Flyers with only 13 games left in the season.

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