NHL: Jagr becomes seventh player to score 700 goals

Posted at 03/02/2014 3:59 PM

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr became the seventh player to score 700 career goals in the National Hockey League (NHL) when he netted a second period goal in Saturday's road game against the New York Islanders.

The 42-year-old Czech recorded his 19th goal of the season when he skated in from the right circle and beat Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov with a wrist shot that deflected off the skate of Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

Jagr, in his 20th season in the NHL, gave the Devils a 2-0 lead with his strike at 3:31 in the second period. He was instantly surrounded by his jubilant team mates before he skated off clutching the puck in his glove as a memento.

The Devils ended up winning the game 6-1 at Nassau Coliseum with Jagr extending his career league assists to 1,040 after setting up a power-play goal by Marek Zidlicky at 8:07 in the second.

"Of course it's special," Jagr told reporters about hitting the 700-goal mark. "It's a big number. Not many guys score 700 goals. It's even more special we won the game.

"It's a surprise for me the way we're scoring goals. I'm happy about it. It's a lot easier to play with the lead than to play from behind."

The Czech veteran, a nine-time All-Star and a Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992, is only eight goals behind Mike Gartner in the all-time scoring list.

Ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky holds the record with 894 goals in the NHL.

"What do you say about him?" said Devils coach Peter DeBoer, referring to Jagr. "He came back from the Olympics looking great. We just have to keep him healthy and keep him going the same way he's been going."

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Gene Cherry)