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Jagr scores first goal for Flames in win against Red Wings

Forward also gets assist; Gaudreau has three points for Calgary

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal with the Calgary Flames, and assisted on another, in a 6-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

"Of course, any first goal for any team is special, especially in Canada," Jagr said. "I can see how much the fans appreciate it, hockey, how much they love hockey. Since the first day I've signed here they have been so good to me, so I try to play my best."

Jagr, 45, is the second-leading point scorer in NHL history with 1,918, behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857). He is the League's third-leading all-time goal-scorer (766), behind Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801).


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He has 540 multipoint games in his NHL career, second to Gretzky (824). Jagr also has four of 11 NHL multipoint games by players age 45 or older. Howe has six, and Chris Chelios one.

"I'm not 18 anymore so I don't really think about [scoring]," he said. "For me, it's more important just to feel good, go on the ice and be a factor for our team."

Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and an assist, and Mark Jankowski, Micheal Ferland and Matthew Tkachuk scored for the Flames (9-7-0). Mike Smith had 39 saves.

Video: DET@CGY: Gaudreau blisters wrist shot past Mrazek

"It's one of the things I try to pride myself on, is helping this team win and trying to find the net," Gaudreau said. "Everyone did that tonight. It was great. A lot of help from a lot of different players. [Smith] played great back in net. It was a great team win."

Anthony Mantha had a goal and two assists, and Martin Frk and Frans Nielsen scored for the Red Wings (8-8-1). Petr Mrazek made 28 saves.

"I think we did a lot of good things," Mrazek said. "We had the opportunity to come back, we just didn't quite get it done, obviously. But we made some big mistakes that cost us big-time."

Jagr scored when he took a pass from Gaudreau on a 2-on-1 and shot over Mrazek to put Calgary up 5-2 at 17:01 of the second period. The goal came 1:12 after Nielsen made it 4-2.

"[Jagr]'s first of many … first goal for the team," Gaudreau said. "I was pretty fortunate to be a part of that goal. It's pretty special."

Mantha scored on a rebound with 3.3 seconds remaining to make it 5-3.

Gaudreau scored into an empty net at 17:37 of the third period. He has four goals and six assists in a six-game point streak, and points in 10 of the past 11 games (five goals, 10 assists).

"With his talent he can win the scoring [title] every year," Jagr said. "It's just up to him. He's so quick. He's so good one-on-one. He always keeps skating. It's tough to shut him down one-on-one. When he's skating like this it's kind of impossible. If you double-team him he'll always find somebody open."

Jankowski scored his first NHL goal to put Calgary up 1-0 at 9:15 of the first period. Jagr had the primary assist.

Video: DET@CGY: Jankowski scores first career NHL goal

Jankowski's first goal came 27 years and 33 days after Jagr's first NHL goal, on Oct. 7, 1990.

"Scoring your first NHL goal is something you've dreamed about your whole life ever since you were a little kid and wanted to play in the NHL, and just to have him get the assist on it … it just brings it up that much more," Jankowski said.

Gaudreau made it 2-0 at 13:56.

Ferland gave Calgary a 3-0 lead at 6:02 of the second period, and Frk scored on the power play at 8:43 to cut the lead to 3-1.

Tkachuk scored on a deflection at 12:23 to make it 4-1.


Goal of the game

Tkachuk's goal at 12:23 of the second period.

Video: DET@CGY: Tkachuk redirects in Kulak's shot


Save of the game

Smith stopping Dylan Larkin at 4:01 of the second period.

Video: DET@CGY: Smith makes glove save on Larkin


Highlight of the game

Jagr's goal at 17:01 of the second period.

Video: DET@CGY: Jagr scores his first goal with the Flames


They said it

"When you hear your name called and then everyone's cheering that loud you're trying hard not to smile and stay focused and stay serious. His, I think, was about three times louder. It was pretty crazy. He's a legend." -- Flames forward Mark Jankowski 


"There were a few times when we had the puck on our stick in our own zone and the next thing you know they have the puck and the puck's in our net. There were a few of those tonight. On the road, you can't let five goals in and expect to win." -- Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek

Need to know

Sean Monahan has three goals and five assists in a six-game point streak. … Calgary's top line of Gaudreau, Monahan and Ferland has combined for 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in the past six games. … Mrazek played in his 150th NHL game.


What's next

Red Wings: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Flames: Host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-MW, NHL.TV)


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