Jaromir Jagr has been achieving milestone after milestone lately, yet he hasn’t done so by scoring hat tricks.
The 42-year-old already hit that three-goal mark for the New Jersey Devils tonight, as they’re currently dismantling the Philadelphia Flyers. This marks his 15th career hat trick, but his first one since March 22, 2006 (according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record).
This makes Jagr the oldest NHL player to score a hat trick, even if that milestone is … bittersweet for the veteran forward. He told the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti as much.
“I like to score hat trick, but I don’t like (being) the oldest guy (to do it),” Jagr said. “I don’t want to be the oldest guy.”
Let’s take a look at those three goals:
It’s been a special night for Scott Gomez, too, as he crossed the 500-point mark as a Devil thanks to a one-goal, two-assist output.
Update: Jagr and Gomez stayed where they were points-wise, but the Devils cruised to a 5-2 win on Saturday. Tough times for Philly.
Upon realizing that he’d join the Pittsburgh Penguins, David Perron remarked that he grew up idolizing Alex Kovalev. His debut with the team was more like a different memorable Penguins scorer, however, as he scored on his first shot with Pittsburgh (like Mario Lemieux):
Talk about a change of fortune: Perron goes from slumming it with the Edmonton Oilers to skating on a line with Sidney Crosby. It remains to be seen if the 26-year-old will stick with Crosby once players like Patric Hornqvist come back, but either way, he’s likely delighted to be in this situation.
So far, it looks like he might make the most of his opportunity, too.
Here’s Perron’s press conference from before today’s game:
It was expected that Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux would test his leg to see if he could play against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, but he didn’t even warm up and will miss the game altogether.
CSNPhilly.com points out that Giroux had played 168 games in a row, having not missed a game since April 7, 2012. He suffered a cut from a skate blade via Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk on Friday.
Philly will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Devils tonight, as Scott Laughton is also out with an undisclosed injury.
The Nashville Predators’ eventual 7-6 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings basically had “weird” written all over it.
There were a staggering amount of deflection goals. Jonathan Quick didn’t even make it through 10 minutes of the game on his 10th consecutive start. The Predators held a 5-1 lead at one point.
The oddest stretch came toward the end of the contest, however, as the Predators saw a 6-3 lead dissolve into a 6-6 tie in about a minute-and-a-half of action. That mad rush included two goals as the Kings emptied their net (video will be added soon).
It’s one of those games that make reasonable tweets like these look that much odder in retrospect:
(Now the Kings are 15-1-5 in such contests.)
One would think that this one would really sting the Predators if they lost. Instead, head coach Peter Laviolette has a talking point or six, even if Nashville ended up grabbing the win and the two points.
Maybe more than anything else, it’s a lesson to be careful about when you turn off a hockey game during the 2014-15 season.
Fans in Latvia and Chicago should be really happy about the six players who’ve been locked into the 2015 NHL All-Star Game thanks to fan voting.
The NHL announced the six players who secured a spot in the event on Saturday after voting ended right before New Year’s. Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons leading all vote-getters with 1,574,896 while the Chicago Blackhawks swept the remaining positions as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford took the remaining spots at their respective positions.
Girgensons seemed to be the right mixture of sheepish and bemused about this situation as it was happening, according to the Associated Press.
“It’s a little bit embarrassing and funny at the same time,” Girgensons said. “It came out of nowhere. I know people know me back home, but I didn’t think it was going to go that far. That’s like crazy far.”
It’s conceivable that the 20-year-old may make future All-Star squads in a less … controversial way down the line. As the 14th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, there’s real talent there, and he’s already producing at a nice level (20 points in 39 games).
That said, this moment will at least be a footnote in his NHL career:
The Blackhawks’ voting dominance may bring about as many jokes as Girgensons winning one for Latvia:
For some, it’s frustrating, yet that might make it that much more fascinating to watch. Either way, the 2015 All-Star Game (and corresponding weekend events) will take place from Jan. 24-25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
We’ll see who else makes the mix soon enough, as the rest of the roster will be announced next Saturday (Jan. 10).