- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jaromir Jagr flashed a few reminders of his old MVP style.

That signature move. He broke out a salute to fans and his Philadelphia Flyers teammates after each of his two goals _ a trademark Jagr hadn’t regularly displayed since his Pittsburgh Penguins days.

That smile. After a rough start to the season, Jagr had a pair of wide grins to celebrate the goals that helped snap the Flyers out of a two-game funk.

That celebration. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds leapt into Jagr’s arms after his first goal and the rest of his teammates mobbed him as if he had scored the winning goal in a playoff game. In NFL terms, it was Mile High Salute meets Lambeau Leap.

In his NHL return, Jagr has become an instant team leader and fan favorite, even as concerns over his scoring slump lingered.

Not any more.

“I’ll take Jagr on any goalie in the league, any time,” Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said.

All that was missing was the mullet.

Jagr and Hartnell each scored two goals in Philadelphia’s 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night, giving the Flyers a reason to feel good about a game where they lost captain Chris Pronger to a serious eye injury.

Jagr had the breakout game courtesy of the breakaway.

Both of his goals came when it was Jagr-on-Jonas Gustavsson and nothing but ice between them. Jagr scored his first NHL goal since April 6, 2008, courtesy of a sweet feed from Claude Giroux, when he split a pair of defenders and skated into the open ice for a power-play goal late in the first period.

After the Maple Leafs cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third, Jagr found himself all alone on a breakaway for the easy score _ and one more salute.

“You don’t want to see Jaromir Jagr coming in alone with nobody around him,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “He is going to more than likely bury it. Another breakaway. We had them on the fullcourt press. He’s a fantastic player when he gets time and space like that.”

Jagr had his best game as a Flyer since he returned from a three-year stint in the Kontinental Hockey League for Avangard Omsk. He enjoyed Russia, but wanted one more shot at the NHL. He played last spring for the Czech Republic in the world championships, totaling nine points in nine games, and proved he had still had something left in the tank.

The preseason returns for the 1999 league MVP showed he hadn’t lost much of a step. Jagr scored four goals and it was natural to think that would carry over into the regular season.

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