SI.com Staff
Sunday January 4th, 2015

For Jaromir Jagr, age is only a number, and it's one he continues to use to break records. 

The 42-year-old Devils winger notched a hat trick against the Flyers on Saturday. He becomes the oldest NHL player in history to tally three goals in a game, a full year and 106 days older than Gordie Howe (41 years, 216 days) was for his last trio. He opened the scoring against Philadelphia at 13:20 in the first period with a backhand shot, follow it up with a wrist shot 6:36 later, and again at 12:32 of the second period.

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While Jagr has been a consistent scorer over his 24-year professional career in North America and Russia, it was his first hat trick since his days with the Rangers, a span of 417 games. 

His three goals helped the Devils to a 5-2 win over the Flyers, and moved him within three of tying Phil Esposito for fifth on the league's all-time goals list with 717. He is now 18 points shy of Ron Francis (1,798) for fourth in all-time points.

-- Anna Gallegos

 

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