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.
Reimer looks to get the Leafs back in the win column
The Toronto Maple Leafs have just one win in their last four and are heading into a back-to-back situation tonight when they visit the Winnipeg Jets. Manitoba native James Reimer, who is 6-6-0 with a 3.39 G.A.A and a .905 save percentage, is expected to get the start in goal for the Leafs. Reimer allowed three goals on 41 shots in the Maple Leafs’ 3-2 loss to the Lightning on Monday. The 26-year-old allowed four goals on 19 shots in his only start at MTS Centre last season.
Michael Hutchinson gets the start in goal for the Jets.
Canadiens at Penguins: Carey Price vs. Marc-Andre Fleury
Sabres at Rangers: Jhonas Enroth vs. Henrik Lundqvist
Flyers at Devils: Steve Mason vs. Cory Schneider
Wild at Stars: Darcy Kuemper vs. Kari Lehtonen
Blue Jackets at Coyotes: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Mike Smith
Red Wings at Canucks: Jimmy Howard vs. Ryan Miller
Blues at Sharks: Brian Elliott vs. Antti Niemi
The New Jersey Devils’ season is slipping away from them after winning just two of their last 11 games, but they’ll get some help tonight as they attempt to right the ship.
Forwards Patrik Elias, Martin Havlat, and Michael Ryder have all been activated off of the injured reserve list, per the Devils’ Twitter feed. Joe Whitney will return to AHL Albany.
For Elias and Ryder, this marks their return to the NHL after being victims of the mumps outbreak.
“I looked like I was out of hockey for 10 years and had a second chin,” Elias remarked, per the Bergen Record.
Havlat didn’t have the mumps, but still missed four straight games with an illness.
During their absence, head coach Peter DeBoer was fired and GM Lou Lamoriello began his unorthodox approach of having Adam Oates or Scott Stevens serve as co-coaches with Lamoriello temporarily overseeing the transition from behind the bench.
The Devils have gone 1-2-0 under the new system. They will play against the Montreal Canadiens tonight.