Jaromir Jagr had his first career four-goal game as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 8-6 Saturday night for their third consecutive victory.
The Rangers lost for the first time this season and missed a chance at their first 3-0 start since 1989-90. Mark Messier and Theo Fleury each scored twice as the Rangers converted four of nine power-play chances.
Milan Kraft, Robert Lang, Martin Straka and Roman Simicek had the other goals for Pittsburgh.
Kim Johnsson and Michael York also scored for New York. The Penguins put the game away with three goals in the first 6:06 of the third period against goalie Kirk McLean, 5-14-1 in his career against Pittsburgh.
Jagr completed his seventh career hat trick 53 seconds into the third to break a 4-4 tie. With the Rangers caught in a line change, Jagr had ample time to wrist a shot past McLean.
Straka increased Pittsburgh's lead to 6-4 at 1:29 when he pulled away from defenceman Brad Brown in the slot and put a shot over McLean's glove. Simicek got his first NHL goal at 6:06 to make it 7-4.
Jagr scored again at 9:15 to give the Penguins four goals in the third period before the Rangers recorded a shot on goal. McLean was lifted in favour of rookie Jason LaBarbera after Jagr's fourth goal of the game and fifth of the season. McLean, who stopped 55 of 57 shots in the first two games, gave up eight goals on 33 shots to the Penguins.
Johnsson scored during a two-man advantage at 15:06 of the third for New York. Fleury scored on a power play late in the period.
The Rangers were trailing 2-1 after one period when York scored at 6:41 of the second. Fleury gave New York the lead at 10:09. Jagr's second goal, on a power play at 13:53, tied it 3-3. The Rangers regained the lead when Messier scored a power-play goal at 15:22, but Lang scored on a power play at 19:07 to tie the score 4-4.
Messier scored the game's first goal on New York's first power-play chance at 6:43. Kraft scored his first NHL goal to tie it less than two minutes later, and Jagr gave the Penguins their first lead when he put a shot in off McLean's pad at 14:11.