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Added March 24th, 2015 by Ian

Jaromir Jagr reaches number 5 on all-time NHL goal scoring list

Forward Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers moved into fifth place on the all-time NHL goal scoring list on March 19 when he found the back of the net in a game against the Detroit Red Wings at home at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The goal was the 718th of his illustrious career and it saw him leapfrog over Phil Esposito, who had 717. Jagr scored the first goal of the game at the 10:55 mark of the second period when he beat goaltender Petr Mrazek with a wrist shot fired from the left faceoff circle.

It was the 13th goal of the season for the native of the Czech Republic and his second with the Panthers since being traded there by the New Jersey Devils back on February 26th. Jagr is now 13 goals back of Marcel Dionne for the fourth-most goals in NHL history as Dionne retired with 731 under his belt. There’s no doubt the 43-year-old Jagr would be higher up the list if he didn’t leave the NHL for three years a few seasons ago.

He was drafted fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1990 NHL Draft. It didn’t take him long to make his mark in the league as he scored 27 goals and added 30 assists in his rookie season in 1990/91. He has broken the 100-point per season barrier five times with his best campaign coming in 1995/96 with the Penguins when he scored 149 points on 62 goals and 87 assists. Jagr has played a total of 1,540 regular season NHL games with the Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and the Panthers.

Jagr has 1,073 assists to go along with his 718 goals for 1,791 points, with 36 of them coming so far this season. In addition, he’s appeared in 202 career playoff games with 78 goals and 121 assists to his name for 199 points. The center has won numerous awards during his career including five Art Ross Trophies for leading the NHL in scoring, a Hart Memorial Trophy for being the league’s most valuable player and three Ted Lindsay Awards for leading the league in goals scored during a season. He also holds the NHL records for most regular-season overtime goals and for being the oldest player in history to score a hat trick, which he did on January 3rd 2015 with his 15th career three-goal game.

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