Jaromir Jagr scored his fifth goal of the season tonight as the New Jersey Devils took on the Nashville Predators. The gap between career milestones is becoming wider and wider for one of the most outstanding players ever, but the tally pushed Jagr to the 1,700 career point plateau.
Simply a stunning number. Here’s a look at the milestone-clinching shot.
How many times has Jagr done that in his career? He’s got the puck on a string, uses his long reach to step around a defenseman before rifling a shot by Carter Hutton. The marker makes him the leading scorer on the Devils right now, but more importantly, he became only the eighth player to cross the 1,700 point line.
Jaromir Jagr becomes the eighth man in history to record 1,700 NHL points. First European.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 11, 2013
Jagr now sits only 23 points behind Mario Lemieux for seventh in all-time points scored.
It’s also conceivable that Jagr could join the elite 700-goal club this season as well. He needs to score 14 more times to hit that number, which would put him ahead of greats such as Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier in goal scoring. By getting to 700 goals, Jagr would become the seventh all-time goal scorer in the history of the league.
Despite New Jersey’s woes early on, Jagr seems primed to have a pretty outstanding year for himself on a personal level.