Watch out Gordie Howe, because Jaromir Jagr’s coming for you.
During last night’s game against the Kings, Jagr scored 2:30 into overtime giving the Devils a 2-1 victory in a game the team only managed 15 shots on goal. New Jersey’s goalie Cory Schneider had to stand on his head all night stopping 34 of the Kings 35 shots. The Devils were being outshot at one point in the 3rd period 29-6, when Ryan Carter’s backhander beat Ben Scrivens.
Jagr’s game winner was the 121st of his career, tying him with Gordie Howe for most all-time. It also extended his own NHL record for overtime goals with 18 and tied him with Mario Lemiux for 9th place on the all-time goals list with 690.
It’s been quite the week for Jagr who’s scored 4 goals in the teams last 3 games, all Devils victories. Last Saturday, he scored 2 goals in the Devils 4-1 win over the Penguins, then two nights ago tied the game against the Western Conference leading Ducks with 1:01 left before Travis Zajac was credited with the overtime winner, and then won it last night in overtime.
Jagr now has 9 goals on the season, which leads the team. Michael Ryder and Adam Henrique are tied for 2nd on the team with 5 goals.
The Devils finish off their west coast trip on Saturday in San Jose before coming back to New Jersey on Monday to face the Winnipeg Jets.