Jaromir Jagr has had a great career in the NHL. The future hall of famer holds countless NHL records, and last night in the New Jersey Devils win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jagr may be 41, but he still has a scoring touch that’s as beautiful as it gets.
During the second period of last night’s game in New York, the Tampa Bay Lightning were controlling the puck in the offensive zone, when defenseman Andrej Sustr left the puck for a cycling Martin St. Louis on the point. St. Louis, feeling pressure from a pressing Jagr, attempted to move the puck across the point but whiffed on the pass. Jagr jumped at the opportunity and in the blink of an eye, was gone with the puck.
Jagr sped into the offensive zone, froze Lightning goalie, Ben Bishop, and wristed a shot into the back of the net. Jagr’s goal made it 2-0 at that time in the second period. The game ended at 2-1, after Steven Stamkos scored his ninth of the season.
Jagr’s 684th career goal ended up being his 119th career game winning goal in Jagr’s illustrious 20 year NHL career. With that, Jagr passed Phil Esposito for second all time on the list of game winning goals.
During the post game, Jagr responded when asked about it with,
I was watching him (Esposito) in 1972, well I wasn’t watching him live because I was just born in 1972, but I was watching the tapes and he was the man back then.
Jagr went on to speak about how he didn’t know of the record until after the game, and then went on to say, “At least I have one, Gretzky got all the other ones.”
Jagr may be 41, but he hasn’t lost his touch on the ice. He has 3 goals and 7 assists so far this season, and now finds himself short of the all time game winning goals mark by only two goals. Gordie Howe sits atop the list with 121. A salute to Jagr on a magnificent career, and now he’s just two quick shots away from having his name down on another page in the record book.