Jaromir Jagr (Eliot J. Schechter/NHL)
Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr is a surefire first-ballot Hockey Hall-of-Famer, and Sunday against Tampa Bay, the Czech icon set two more milestones: his first goal for Florida, and his 717th career goal – tying him with Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time scorer's list.
As one of the few guaranteed first-ballot Hockey Hall of Famers playing in hockey's top league, Jaromir Jagr is used to setting new milestones on the regular. And on Sunday, in his second game as a member of Panthers team that just acquired him, he added another two achievements to the list: his first goal for Florida, and his 717th career regular-season goal, tying him with legend Phil Esposito for fifth on the list of all-time NHL scorers.
The 43-year-old Jagr, dealt from New Jersey to the Panthers Thursday for a pair of draft picks, scored his first in a Florida uniform after picking up an attempted pass that took a bad bounce, and rifled it past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop:
The goal was Jagr's 12th (and 30th point) of the season, and marked the seventh NHL team he has scored for. He's now within 14 goals of tying L.A. Kings great Marcel Dionne for fourth on the all-time scorer's list. Even if he doesn't score another goal again this year, if he returns next season and can match the 24 goals he scored for the Devils in the 2013-14 campaign, the Czech icon can tie legend Brett Hull for No. 3 on the list at 741.