Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jaromir Jagr's legacy continues

If there is anything to love about this man it's his love and passion for the game of hockey.  The guy is 45 and made another debut with yet another team.  If you count his international teams the guy has worn 12 different professional jerseys.  That's a lot of traveling.

Most of his career, Jaromir Jagr played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He was able to play with Mario Lemuix.  A lot of people in Pittsburgh says that Crosby's legacy has been cemented but no one talks about how Jagr is second only to Lemuix in every offensive category in Penguins history.  He also has a couple of stanley cup rings with the Penguins.

Jaromir Jagr would sign a multi million dollar contract with the Capitals in 2001.  One of Jagr's teammates in Pittsburgh was Robert Lang.  Lang and Jagr would reunite in 2002.  The Capitals would make the playoffs that year, but in attempt to save money Jagr would be traded to the Rangers in January of 2004 for Anson Carter.

In 2006 Jaromir Jagr became the Rangers' single season all time leader in goals with 53 goals. 

In the 2006-2007 season Jagr became the 16th player to score 600 career goals and the 12th player to get 1500 career points. 

In November of 2007 Jagr became the first player to score at least one goal in 53 different arenas.

In 2008 Jaromir Jagr went to the KHL and would play for 3 seasons.

In 2011 Jagr returned to the NHL signing with the Flyers.  He would help lead them to the second round but the Flyers would be eliminated to the Devils in the second round.

In 2012 Jagr signed with the Stars.  Jagr became the 12th player to reach at least 1500 assists against the Wild in February of 2013.  He would be traded to the Bruins in April of 2013 where he was able to make the Stanley Cup Finals.  Jaromir Jagr's appearance in the finals marked the largest gap between Stanley Cup Finals by a player. 

In 2013 Jaromir Jagr signed with the Devils.  He scored on October 7th which was his 23rd anniversary of his first goal which was against the Devils.  In January of 2015 while with New Jersey Jagr became the oldest player to score a hat trick. 

Jaromir Jagr would be traded to the Panthers in February of 2015.  On his 45th birthday Jagr recorded his 1900th point and is the second player in league history to reach the milestone.

In October of 2017 Jagr would sign a 1 year deal with the Calgary Flames.  Jaromir has stated throughout his career that he's always wanted to play for a team in Canada and was surprised that Calgary signed him due to the fact that they're doing a youth movement in Calgary. 

Jagr has already been having an impact on the team considering that the team is currently on a 3 game winning streak.

Ultimate Sporting News October 11 2017

Monahan's OT goal puts Flames past Kings 4-3 in Jagr's debut

 Sean Monahan scored 1:02 into overtime and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night in Jaromir Jagr's season debut.
Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals and tied it with 9:01 left in the third period for the Flames, who have three wins in their first four games. Mike Smith's scoreless streak ended just shy of 140 minutes, but the veteran goalie made 42 saves.
Dustin Brown scored the tying and go-ahead goals on artful deflections early in the third period for the Kings, who lost for the first time under new coach John Stevens. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 33 saves.
Michael Frolik also scored for Calgary, and Monahan ended it with his second goal of the season.
The 45-year-old Jagr played 15 shifts and didn't record a shot on goal, but still nearly scored on his opening shift in a solid debut with the Flames. The second-leading scorer in league history began his 24th NHL season by suiting up for his ninth NHL franchise and immediately making an impact.
Jagr posted a 46-point campaign with Florida last season, and he had several teams interested in him. The Czech star eventually signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Calgary and debuted one week later.
After Tkachuk and Frolik scored in the first period, Kopitar got the Kings going in the second with his third goal in LA's three games. That's the quickest goal-scoring start to a season for the Kings captain since 2011-12, when he scored 76 points and led Los Angeles to the Stanley Cup title.
Rookie forward Alex Iafallo got his first NHL point on Brown's tying goal 14 seconds into the third period. Brown deflected Drew Doughty's shot for that first goal, and he expertly redirected Derek Forbort's shot for the go-ahead goal 1:44 later.
Brown is off to an outstanding start after a rough few seasons with the Kings, who stripped the two-time Stanley Cup champion's captaincy last year. The physical forward needed 17, 34, 19 and 15 games to score his first three goals in each of Los Angeles' previous four seasons.
But Tkachuk tied it later in the period, whistling a shot past Quick's pad for the second two-goal game of his career.
NOTES: The Kings' loss leaves the expansion Golden Knights as the only unbeaten team in the Pacific Division. Vegas is off to the first 3-0-0 start by a first-year franchise in NHL history. ... The LA Galaxy's Romain Alessandrini dropped the ceremonial first puck. The French winger has been the brightest spot in a dismal year for the five-time MLS champion franchise, racking up 11 goals and 10 assists in his outstanding in his first season in the U.S. ... Kings F Kyle Clifford left in the second period with an upper-body injury.
Flames: Host Ottawa on Friday.
Kings: Host Buffalo on Saturday.

Gibson makes 38 saves to lift Ducks to 3-2 win over Isles

John Gibson made 38 saves and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Islanders 3-2 on Wednesday night, ending a four-game losing streak to New York.
Andrew CoglianoRickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves all scored for the Ducks, who won despite being outshot 41-30.
Ryan Getzlaf rocketed a pass from the far boards to Josh Manson on the opposite side of the ice. The defenseman's shot ricocheted off the pads of Jaroslav Halak to the front of the net. Corey Perry and Nick Leddy both whiffed on their attempts to corral the puck, but the on-rushing Cogliano backhand attempt beat the goaltender to give the Ducks their first lead in the opening period this season only 37 seconds into the game.
Brock Nelson tied the game tipping Scott Mayfield's blueline shot through traffic up and over the glove of John Gibson.
Beyond the opening flurry, the Islanders controlled the play in the first period, outshooting Anaheim 21-6.
Midway through the second, Anaheim took a 2-1 lead. Cam Fowler ripped a shot from the top of the circle towards the net. Rakell deflected the puck down the ice and it bounced through the collapsing five-hole of Halak.
Shortly after Anaheim killed its fifth penalty of the game, Eaves put the Ducks up by two. Eaves returned to the lineup after missing the entire preseason and the first three games of the regular season with a lingering lower-body injury.
New York responded 90 seconds later.
Brock Nelson scored his second goal from just a few feet in front of the Ducks goaltender. Gibson had his glove outstretched and the puck flew right over it.
Anthony Beauvillier was sent off the ice for holding to give the Ducks their fourth power play of the game. Derek Grant appeared to score.
Islanders head coach Doug Weight challenged the goal asserting the Ducks were offside. After review, the goal was overturned. New York proceeded to kill the remaining 26 seconds left on the penalty.
Anaheim fended off a last minute flurry from New York, but Gibson continued to stand on his head for the win.
NOTES: Ondrej Kase, injured in Monday's game, is day-to-day with an upper-body injury ... During second period TV time-out, Ducks honored 20 Orange County residents who were injured, or acted as first responders during the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Islanders: Visit San Jose on Saturday night.
Ducks: Visit Colorado on Friday night.

Andrighetto scores twice, Avalanche beat Bruins 6-3

Alexander Kerfoot scored his first NHL goal with some part of his lower leg.
Doesn't really matter which part - a first goal is a first goal and it's a "great feeling," he said.
Kerfoot's goal and two more by Sven Andrighetto, the second an empty-netter with 1:34 remaining, helped the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in their home opener Wednesday night.
It was the second meeting between the teams in three days. The Avalanche beat the Bruins 4-0 in Boston on Monday.
Colorado broke things open in the second period, with Nail Yakupov, Andrighetto and Matt Duchene all beating goalie Tuukka Rask, who was replaced by Anton Khudobin for the third period.
Trailing 4-1 midway through the third, the Bruins made things interesting with goals from Tim Schaller and Torey Krug in a 1:27 span. Andrighetto and Tyson Jost responded with empty-net goals to seal it.
"Fun game," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "I know our players had fun playing it. The crowd was fantastic."
In the second period, there was a scary scene for the Avalanche: Jost crawling toward the bench after taking a hit from Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid. Jost slid hard into the boards and McQuaid was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking.
Moments later, Andrighetto scored to make it 3-1. And when McQuaid stepped out of the box, Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov was there waiting to fight. They each landed several punches before being sent to the box.
Jost later returned to the game with his usual burst.
"It was just a dangerous play," Bednar said. "Fortunately, he's not hurt. To see him bounce back, our guys are pretty excited to see him come back out there."
Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots to help the Avalanche start on the right foot at the Pepsi Center. The team went a dismal 13-26-2 at home a season ago when it finished with an NHL-worst 48 points.
Yakupov had three goals in the two games against the Bruins. A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Yakupov is trying to resurrect his career in Colorado.
Brad Marchand also scored for Boston, which has dropped two of three to start the season.
"We didn't get anything going. We woke up a little too late, when it was 4-1," Rask said. "Very tough game."
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy seconded that sentiment.
"They were better than us again, the second time in three days," he said.
Kerfoot scored at 8:19 of the opening period when a pass from Tyson Barrie appeared to bank off his leg and bounce over Rask. The 23-year-old Kerfoot signed a two-year deal with Colorado after becoming a college free agent in August. He was a co-captain for Harvard last season.
"To get a goal is pretty special," Kerfoot said.
Duchene set up Kerfoot's goal with a feed out front to Barrie. Duchene has two goals and three assists this season as he tries to keep his focus on the ice with his name being mentioned in trade talks since last season.
"Same message I've preached all camp and all season so far - I'm just here to be the best I can be for this team," Duchene said after the morning skate.
Bednar will gladly take more of this from Duchene.
"I haven't thought about Matt's situation, his circumstances, whatever you want to call it, since we opened training camp, to be honest," Bednar said. "He's anchoring that line with Kerfoot and Yakupov, and they're good every night. As long as they stay competitive and keep working like that, that's all I care about."
NOTES: C Patrice Bergeron missed a third straight game with a lower-body injury. Bergeron's next one will be his 900th game with the Bruins. ... RW David Backes remains out with diverticulitis. ... Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon had two assists in the second period.
Bruins: Play the second contest on a three-game trip in Arizona on Saturday.
Avalanche: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Friday before traveling to Dallas on Saturday.

Hornqvist has 2 points in season debut, Pens beat Caps 3-2

Patric Hornqvist went right back to the net where he feels most comfortable and was in his element once again.
Hornqvist scored a power-play goal and assisted on another in his season debut to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Wednesday night in their first meeting since the playoffs. The Swedish forward who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal despite a broken finger and needed surgery to repair it, was on the ice for all three Pittsburgh power-play goals, naturally crashing the crease on each occasion as he's accustomed to doing.
"That's usually where I end up being and where I get my points and like to be," Hornqvist said. "You have to play games to get better, and it was good to get the win and it was fun to be back out there."
Hornqvist assisted on a goal by Kris Letang, the defenseman's first since Feb. 4 after missing the end of last season and playoffs because of neck surgery. He was also right there for Conor Sheary's goal as Pittsburgh went 3 for 6 on the power play.
Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading eighth goal of the season in the Capitals' fourth game. His goal with 7:09 in the third period made things interesting, but Washington's season-high six minor penalties dug too deep a hole as a third of the game was played on special teams.
"It really didn't allow our top players to get going," coach Barry Trotz said. "Every time we started getting any rhythm, we'd get a penalty."
Christian Djoos assisted on Ovechkin's goal and scored in his NHL debut to become the third defenseman in Capitals franchise history to score in his debut after Steve Poapst and Hall of Famer Scott Stevens.
"First game in the NHL, and you get a goal and an assist," Djoos said. "That wasn't my plan really when I showed up at the rink. I was going to play good and play a structured game and detailed game, but happy with the goal and the assist."
Pittsburgh outshot Washington 36-22 as Matt Murray made 20 saves for the victory while Braden Holtby had 33 in the Capitals' first regulation loss of the season. The Penguins also went 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.
"We had a good game plan going in," Letang said of the penalty-killing success. "I think we did a good job of denying their biggest threat with Ovi on the weak side."
Ovechkin was in danger of going without a point for a second game in a row after scoring seven goals in the Capitals' first two. Trotz was happy that Djoos made the play to set up Ovechkin's seventh even-strength goal of the season, and Murray was happy the Penguins didn't allow him to do any more damage.
"He can score from anywhere," Murray said. "He's got a really tough shot to read as a goalie and you've got to be aggressive on him. But you don't want to be overplaying him either because then other guys can hurt you just as bad."
The Capitals kept Sidney CrosbyEvgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel from scoring, as Crosby had just a secondary assist on Hornqvist's goal. But the Penguins' depth allowed them to mix and match when the power play wasn't clicking, and getting Hornqvist back makes a big difference for the defending champions.
"He brings so much to this team," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He plays with so much swagger. He's just a great competitor."
NOTES: Ovechkin's four goals are the most in his first four games during his 13 NHL seasons. ... Sullivan said there's no definitive timeline for the return of defenseman Ian Cole, who took a puck to the face Saturday and was placed on injured reserve. ... Pittsburgh scratched Scott Wilson to make room for Hornqvist. ... Washington scratched Taylor Chorney for Djoos and Aussie Nathan Walker for Tyler Graovac.
Penguins: Visit Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Capitals: Get Tom Wilson back from a four-game suspension when they travel to play the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Unbeaten Devils end Maple Leafs' perfect start with 6-3 win

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a big shots advantage and even two more skaters on the key play. The New Jersey Devils put up the only big numbers that mattered - on the scoreboard.
Brian Gibbons had a rare 3-on-5 goal, Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and unbeaten New Jersey beat Toronto 6-3 on Wednesday night to end the Maple Leafs' perfect start.
Blake Coleman also scored, and Cory Schneider made 47 saves to help New Jersey open 3-0-0 for the first time since 2014-15.
Tied 2-2 after 20 minutes, New Jersey scored twice in the second period despite being outshot 17-12.
The key moment came late in the period after the Devils took two minor penalties on one play. Rather than Toronto taking advantage, New Jersey killed off the penalties and scored short-handed to make it 4-2.
Jake Gardiner was unable to keep the puck in at the New Jersey blue line and two Devils broke in. William Nylander's backcheck swept the puck off Adam Henrique's stick, and the puck went off goalie Frederik Andersen to Gibbons in front.
"That's a huge one," Toronto's James van Riemsdyk said.
Auston Matthews, with his third of the season, cut it to 5-3 with 6:26 remaining and the Maple Leafs on a two-man advantage. Van Riemsdyk and Dominic Moore also scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs dropped to 3-1-0.
"We didn't have any snap, we didn't have any juice, we didn't win any battles," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "We talked quite a lot about this game coming up and how it was going to be. And that's exactly what I expected. But I expected us to compete and that didn't happen. Hockey's fair. You get what you deserve. That's what we deserved tonight. ... I can't remember the last time we played with that kind of effort."
Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring on a power play at 8:33 of the first, stuffing the puck past Schneider. New Jersey answered 34 seconds later when Wood tipped in Steven Santini's shot from the point. Wood scored again 1:38 later, taking advantage of a handling error by Calle Rosen before ripping a shot past Andersen.
Moore tied it with 6:27 to go, redirecting Nikita Zaitsev's shot as New Jersey's Marcus Johansson, serving Stefan Noesen's instigating penalty, exited the penalty box.
New Jersey went ahead 3-2 at 9:58 of the second on the power play, with rookie Jesper Bratt finding Zacha left alone in front of goal to complete a tic-tac-toe passing sequence. Van Riemsdyk was in the box for slashing.
Toronto came into the contest having scored 19 goals through its first three games to start the season, the second-most in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 1917-18 team scored 27.
The Devils have 16 goals in their three outings, one off the franchise record set in 1991-92.
NOTES: The game was the 6,500th in Maple Leafs history. Toronto's regular-season record stands at 2,837-2,737-783-143. ... Devils rookie defenseman Will Butcher had two assists.
Devils: Host Washington on Friday night.
Maple Leafs: At Montreal on Saturday night.