Earlier this year, it was briefly believed Jaromir Jagr had set a new NHL record for game-winning goals in a career. His second period tally in a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay gave him 119 winners in his Hall of Fame career and put him one past Phil Esposito. And even though the NHL's own page still listed Jagr No. 1 on his own, Gordie Howe had 121. The stats on the NHL page only go back to the 1967-68 season.
Every time Jagr scores a goal these days, he either reaches a milestone, sets a record, or moves closer to one of them. That's the result of a 20-year NHL career filled with award-winning seasons. But he hit a milestone and tied a record on one play Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Jagr scored career goal No. 690 in overtime of a 2-1 win against the Kings. The significance of this one is it tied Jagr with his original Bash Brother Mario Lemieux for ninth on the all-time list - though Lemieux did it in 498 fewer games. It also tied Jagr with Howe at 121 game-winners (Jagr scored No. 120 against Nashville Nov. 10).
Next up on Jagr's assault of the top 10 career goal list Steve Yzerman (692), followed by Mark Messier (694) and Mike Gartner (708).
Through 22 games this season, Jagr leads the Devils with nine goals and 18 points. Still going strong.
So what did he do to celebrate?