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Not quite. Jagr had four assists, but struggled to find shots, much less the net. Even for a veteran and a Stanley Cup champion, the goal-scoring drought affected his confidence.

Jagr changed everything from his skates and gloves to mix up his luck. He laughed when he said he was hit during warmups, which might have jostled free the recipe for that old scoring touch.

“I thought I was going to play better than I did, that’s for sure,” Jagr said. “After a while, you’re mentally tired and you’re pressing and you just can’t score. You stop playing your game. A lot of stuff is mental, trust me. You could see the difference on anybody when they score and when they don’t score.”

Jagr now has 648 goals in his NHL career, ranking among the game’s all-time best. The Czech star is one of 25 players with a Stanley Cup and gold medals from the Olympics and world championships. His teammates preached patience as Jagr adjusts to an evolved NHL game.

“He had a great preseason and I think everyone was expecting 50 goals in 50 games,” Hartnell said. “It’s not reality.”

Jagr had so much fun, he bust out the salute for busting out of the slump. Jagr said he hadn’t pulled off the move in 15 years.

“We had a little wager going on the side to see if he was going to do it or not,” Hartnell said. “He hasn’t lost a step with that. It’s nice to see him with a big grin on his face.”

The Flyers needed a reason to smile after losing Pronger, their star defenseman and leader, to a serious eye injury. Pronger will miss two to three weeks and spend the next few days on bed rest after taking a brutal blow to the outside of the right eye.

Pronger and Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski sprinted for a loose puck in the circle after a rebound off Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the first period. Grabovski slapped at the puck, but his stick connected with Pronger’s and the blade shot straight up into the defenseman’s face.

Pronger, who does not wear a visor, complained of blurred vision.

“I think he was very scared and rightly so,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “When something like that happens to your eye, you’re worried about what’s going on. I think he settled down over a period of time and was fine when he left.”

In the postgame locker room, Flyers were visibly relieved when questions shifted from Pronger to Jagr.

Jagr had his 114th career two-goal game _ but with both scores on breakaways, he knows he has to find more creative methods.

“I’ve got to find another move,” Jagr said, with one final big smile on the night.