SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr is now alone in fourth place on the NHL's all-time goal scoring list after netting his 732nd career goal in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night at the BB&T Center.
The historic tally came on the power play with 11.5 seconds remaining in the first period after the 43-year-old forward corralled a cross-ice pass from Aleksander Barkov and one-timed it over the shoulder of Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller.
“That goal is so sweet and the win is even sweeter,” said Jagr, who helped the Panthers improve to 10-3-0 in their past 13 games.
Jagr had been locked in a tie with Marcel Dionne since netting his 731st career goal in 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Dec. 10. He is now nine goals behind Brett Hull for third, 69 goals away from Gordie Howe for second and 162 goals away from Wayne Gretzky for first on the all-time list.
“It’s special,” Jagr said of the milestone. “I’ve played with a lot of great players. That’s made it a lot easier for me. I started in Pittsburgh with great players and hopefully I’m going to finish here with great players.”
In addition to his record-setting goal, Jagr also recorded an assist on Aaron Ekblad’s power-play goal at 8:31 of the second period to surpass Jussi Jokinen for the team-scoring lead with his 24th point of the season.
“Jags is playing real well for us,” said head coach Gerard Gallant. “It seems like he’s breaking a record every night when he scores a goal or gets an assist or gets a point.”
Jagr will look to continue his climb up the record books when the Panthers host the Ottawa Senators in a critical meeting of Atlantic Division rivals on Dec. 22 at the BB&T Center.
“The most important thing for me is that we play good hockey,” said Jagr, knocking on the nearest piece of wood he could find. “I’m glad we’re playing good hockey right now.”