NHL Roundup: Jagr reaches milestones, Blues extend best-ever start, Sheldon Souray reminisces
For the 121st time in his NHL career, Jaromir Jagr scored the game-deciding goal to lift the New Jersey Devils to their third straight win in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Kings last night.
Thirteen seconds after being freed from the penalty box in the five minute extra period, Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky sent a pass Jagr who was virtually unseen by the Kings defense as the veteran forward was breaking towards the net. Patiently, Jagr beat Ben Scrivens to end the game, earning his 690th career goal, tying him for ninth all-time with former teammate Mario Lemieux.
Jagr’s game-winning goal tied him with the all-time leader, Gordie Howe who also scored 121 in his career. The overtime goal was Jagr’s 18th in the regular season. Devils teammate Patrik Elias is tied with Sergei Federov and Mats Sundin with 15.
The Devils have now earned points in seven of their last eight games, including back-to-back overtime wins this week against the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings. After their seven game winless start, the Devils sit third in the Metropolitan Division with 20 points in their last 15 contests.
BOSTON CAN’T STOP THE BLUES
The St. Louis Blues extended their best start in franchise history by defeating the Boston Bruins in a shootout on Thursday night. The Blues (15-3-3) were backed by goaltender Jaroslav Halak who made a season-high 29 saves, plus three more in the shootout.
It was the Blues sixth consecutive win at Boston’s TD Garden and Ken Hitchcock’s 620th career win.
Since the 2010-2011 season, the Blues have an impressive 32-9-5 record against Eastern Conference teams, giving them a hold of the best inter-conference record in the NHL in that span.
ON THIS DAY 10 YEARS AGO…
The NHL’s first regular-season outdoor game took place 10 years ago today between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers in the Heritage Classic. The game took place at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in front of over 57,000 fans that braved the cold weather to watch the Canadien’s top the Oilers, 4-3.
“Every guy here knows how special this moment is, “ former Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray said. “It’s something that we can look back on at the end of our careers and be proud that we were part of.”