Jaromir Jagr just keeps climbing the NHL's all-time goal scoring list.
Less than a week after he matched his former teammate, Mario Lemieux, with goal No. 691, Jagr tied Steve Yzerman for ninth all-time with the 692nd goal of his career during New Jersey's 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. After trailing, 2-1, going into the third period, the Devils scored four consecutive goal over the final 12 minutes.
What's amazing about Jagr's career and his current place on the all-time leader boards is that he not only spent the bulk of his career, including his prime years, playing during the neutral zone trap era, but that he also missed what amounted to two full seasons due to lockouts, as well as the three full seasons he spent playing in the KHL. If he didn't miss all of that time there is a very good chance he would finish his career second in both goals and points.
Next for Jagr on the goal list is Mark Messier's 694.
Elsewhere around the NHL on a busy Friday, the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Dallas Stars in a marathon 11-round shootout thanks to Ben Smith's winner, while the Toronto Maple Leafs continued their recent struggles in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
All the NHL Scores
Red Wings 5, Islanders 0
Sharks 6, Blues 3
Avalanche 3, Wild 1
Devils 5, Hurricanes 2
Sabres 3, Maple Leafs 2
Blackhawks 2, Stars 1
On Friday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will Zach Parise play, and if so, how effective will he be?
Incredibly, Parise did play for the Wild just days after the team announced that he would miss 2-3 weeks with a foot contusion. He played 23 minutes in the Wild's 3-1 loss to Colorado, recording four shots on goal, and posting a minus-2 rating.
2. Can Alexander Steen continue to find the back of the net?
He did not, but it certainly wasn't for a lack of trying. Steen finished with five shots on goal and 10 total shot attempts in the Blues' 6-3 loss to the Sharks. He did record an assist in an effort to keep pace in the race for the Art Ross Trophy.
3. Will Tampa Bay continue its success sans Steven Stamkos
The Lightning were blanked at home by Pittsburgh, 3-0, in what was a big bounce back game for Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. After getting pulled early in the second period of their 6-5 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Fleury was sensational in the shutout on Friday. Tampa Bay didn't record a ton of shots but did have quite a few solid chances but simply could not break through.
4. Can Ilya Bryzgalov continue to enjoy big, humongous success in Edmonton?
The Oilers went right back to Bryzgalov just 24 hours after recording a shutout and it did not go as well on Friday. Bryzgalov was pulled after two periods, giving up four goals on 23 shots.
5. Will Cam Ward continue to play Olympic-level hockey for Carolina?
Ward was not particularly strong in the Hurricanes' 5-2 loss on Friday, but the team in front of him was even worse. The Hurricanes generated few scoring chances and were badly outplayed by the Devils for most of the night. The floodgates finally opened for New Jersey in the third period when they scored four goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation.
The one play or moment from Friday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
The broken leg of Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is a huge loss to a Stars team that's been trying to fight its way back into playoff contention. Robidas was injured when he awkwardly crashed into the boards in the second period and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. He's been playing on Dallas' top defensive pairing this season alongside second-year standout Brenden Dillon and has been rock solid in his shutdown role. His injury is going to be a huge obstacle for the Stars to overcome.
Stat of the Night
Since being moved to forward last season Brent Burns has 17 goals and 17 assists in 38 games for the San Jose Sharks, including his hat trick on Friday. Needless to say, that experiment has worked out quite well for the team. With him in the lineup this season the Sharks are 11-0-1.
Post to Post
- Here are five players to watch for Team Canada.
- This should be fun: predicting the Maple Leafs' record until 2014.
- Stephane Robidas had to leave the Dallas Stars game on Friday with a fractured leg. Here is the Defending Big D perspective.
- Are the New York Islanders easy to play against?
- Good luck finding a better NHL highlight from Friday than Darren Helm and Andrew MacDonald flipping over Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin.