- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 3, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jaromir Jagr didn't seem to have much fun at the All-Star Game. And he definitely isn't having any fun with the Washington Capitals.
"Am I happy that we are out of playoffs now? No," he said yesterday. "It is a disaster for me and a disaster for the team. I want it to change."
The seven-time All-Star, in his first season with Washington, has 17 goals and 28 assists. The Capitals are 12th in the Eastern Conference, seven points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
Jagr's World team fell behind early in the NHL All-Star Game. In an in-game interview, he told ABC's Darren Pang it was nothing new.
"I'm getting used to it from Washington. Every time we step on the ice in Washington, [we] have minus right away. But we're going to come back," he said.
The World team came back to win and, after the game, Jagr didn't back off his statements while appearing baffled that anyone would take it as other than stated fact. "I just said that this is nothing new to me," Jagr said. "In Washington, most games, every time I start out it's a minus. I am used to it."
Jagr, who won the last four NHL scoring titles, is third on his team in points behind Peter Bondra and Adam Oates.
Jagr complained of fatigue Friday and when asked after the game if he enjoyed himself, said, "I would rather stay home and get healthy. That's what's important now."

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