Tired of hearing about Jaromir Jagr making history or hitting milestones that are obscure or impressive (or both)? Well, you might want to sit the next months/couple years out, then. He keeps climbing the ranks.
In Thursday’s case, it leaned a little toward the obscure, although it’s still really cool.
Jagr scored his first goal at age 44 on Thursday, becoming only the fourth NHL player to accomplish such a feat. He joined luminaries Gordie Howe, Chris Chelios and Doug Harvey with this tally:
He’s in a strong position to score the most goals at 44 years old (and maybe beyond), too, by the way:
Jaromir Jagr had a goal that's started him on the path to becoming the NHL's most prolific goal scorer after age 44 pic.twitter.com/ikWrjX0tv3
Yes, the Minnesota Wild still find themselves outside of the Western Conference playoff picture.
And, yes, it’s easy to poke holes in three straight wins when you put them in a context of beating some rather vulnerable opponents.
Quibbles like those don’t really matter that much, at least not right now. Not when the Wild are 3-for-3 under John Torchetti, acing a three-game road trip after Thursday’s 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers.
They made a little bit of history, too, and not the “overly specific and kind of meaningless” sort of stuff:
For the first time in franchise history, #mnwild have scored at least five regulation goals in three straight games.
Those quotes are quite an improvement from the “Not much else to say …”-type depressing reactions Wild players were providing toward the last days of the Mike Yeo era.
The schedule really has been conducive to a hot start for Torchetti, though. The real test starts this weekend, as they face the Blackhawks on Sunday, the Islanders on Tuesday, the scrappy Flyers on Thursday and then finish the month with games against the Capitals and Panthers.
In other words, this is promising for the Wild, but check back to see if everyone’s as excited when March begins.
Two big Stralman hits, one irate (and ejected) Jets coach
That sequence was probably the most memorable moment of that game, but it certainly wasn’t the only dramatic one. The Jets stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to make a game of this one, yet the Tampa Bay Lightning ultimately won 6-5 via a shootout.
Video: Clifford delivers huge hit on Tarasenko, fights Bortuzzo