The goal was his first of the season and it came 14:10 into the second period as the Panthers faced off against the Washington Capitals. The Capitals won the game and took some of the shine off the apple for the 44-year-old, who said he’d rather win.
This is Jagr’s 23rd NHL season. He’s the third player in history to reach 750 goals, which puts him behind Gordie Howe (801 career goals) and Wayne Gretzky (894 career goals) on the all-time list.
In terms of points, Jagr is just 17 points behind Mark Messier’s 1,887 points and should slip into the second all-time spot at some point this season. He’s a long way behind Gretzky’s 2,857 career points, of course.
“It’s always good to get the first one,” Jagr said. “A good play, a good pass, I was wide open in the slot. I had a lot of chances in the games before but I couldn’t put the puck in. I’m glad I did tonight.”
In 79 games with the Panthers last season, Jagr had 66 points – including 27 goals and 39 assists.
His best season to date came with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-1996 when he scored 149 points, including 62 goals and 87 points. He’s topped 100 points five times, four times with the Penguins and once with the New York Rangers in 2005-2006 when he posted 123 points.
It’s hard to imagine Jagr slowing down at this point, as he’s kept his point totals pretty consistent over the past few seasons and has managed to keep pace with players half his age. His work ethic is mythical and for good reason.
In 1,633 career regular season games, Jagr has 1,870 points. He has 210 power play goals and 597 power play points, plus 133 of his goals have been game-winners. In 208 career playoff games, he has 201 points – including 78 goals and 123 assists.