When Jaromir Jagr came into the NHL, he says it was Mario Lemieux that inspired him and had the greatest impact on the way that he played that game. Last night he had the honor of tying his ex-Pittsburgh Penguins teammate on the all-time goals scored list.
The tally was the 690th of his historic career.
When Jagr found the back of the net in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings, he also tied one of Gordie Howe’s many records. That goal was his 121st game winner, and his next one will move Jagr from first-place tie on that all-time list to sole possession of the top spot.
After a game that saw him score an OT goal to tie two legends, Jagr was humble and answered questions with class. He spoke to reporters after the victory and Curtis Zupke quoted the 41-year-old, who had the following to say about Lemieux:
When I came in the League I was playing with Mario. He was the guy I was looking up to. I know Wayne got all the records, but to me, I got a better chance to look for Mario. I could see him every day in practice, the way he plays. He was a huge influence on the game I play…If he would have played as many games as me, he would probably have 2,500 points and 900 goals.
Jagr is hardly done reaching milestone plateaus. He is only two goals behind Steve Yzerman on the all-time goals scored list, and four behind Mark Messier.
Here’s a video of the tally that tied the two records.