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Devils' Jagr becomes 7th NHL player to score 700 goals, reaching milestone against Islanders

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 2:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Devils' Jagr becomes 7th NHL player to score 700 goals, reaching milestone against Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Jaromir Jagr is the seventh player to score 700 NHL goals, reaching the mark in the New Jersey Devils' game against the New York Islanders.

The New Jersey forward moved into this elite group when he netted his 19th of the season in the second period on Saturday. The Islanders have been Jagr's favourite target in his 20 NHL seasons. He has 61 goals and 87 assists in 101 career games.

Jagr stickhandled from the right wing boards into the slot and then slid a shot along the ice that eluded New York goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 3:31 of the second to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead.

The Islanders are the only team from the old Patrick Division for which Jagr, a recent Czech Republic Olympian, has never played. This is his first season with New Jersey.

Jagr is only eight goals behind Mike Gartner, who is sixth on the NHL career list. Wayne Gretzky holds the record of 894. Jagr is seventh in career points with 1,739.

Marcel Dionne, then of the New York Rangers, also scored his 700th goal against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, hitting the milestone on Oct. 31, 1987. Dionne is fourth on the list with 731 goals.

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I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.

— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday