Jaromir Jagr made history Thursday night when he scored 10:55 into the second period to give the Florida Panthers a 1-0 lead over the Detroit Red Wings. The goal marked the 718th of Jagr’s career, officially moving him past Phil Esposito to take sole possession of fifth all-time on the NHL’s goals list.
Jaromir Jagr: Fifth all-time with 718 career NHL goals. https://t.co/3eSa7a7LZC— NHL (@NHL) March 20, 2015
The goal came off of a rush, with young Aleksander Barkov feeding the future Hall of Famer at the top of the faceoff circles. Showing off the kind of release that helped Jagr score his first 717 NHL goals, he wired a shot past Petr Mrazek.
It has been a marvelous career for Jagr, who still has not revealed his intentions for what he’ll do after this season. The 43-year-old now has 13 goals this season after notching his second since joining the Panthers before the trade deadline.
Perhaps playing with the youngsters in Florida will provide another sip from the fountain of youth for Jagr. The assists on Jagr’s historic play came from Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. Even if you put those two players’ ages together, they’d still be younger than the legend.
Jagr will have to stick around for at least next year if he wants to move up another notch on the all-time list. Marcel Dionne currently holds fourth place on the all-time goals list with 731.
On top of being a historic goal, it was a pretty darn big one for the present. The Panthers are still alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but need to grab two points as often as possible from here on out. Jagr's goal was the first of three scored by the Panthers in a huge 3-1 win over a divisional opponent.