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Penguins’ Jagr Hurts Groin

November 17, 1999

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr strained his groin during the first period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game against Buffalo on Tuesday night and was not expected to return.

The injury apparently ended his season-long 15-game scoring streak. He did not score or assist on any of the Penguins’ three goals in the first period.

Jagr had three goals and six assists in his previous six games and was chosen Monday as the NHL player of the week.

Jagr, the two-time defending NHL scoring champion, is averaging 2.2 points per game _ the best average over a sustained stretch since Wayne Gretzky averaged 2.3 points over 25 games in 1990-91.

Jagr missed most of the Penguins’ first-round playoff upset of the New Jersey Devils last spring with a strained groin, but played throughout the second round against Toronto.

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