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by Paul on 11/22/13 at 07:56 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Maik,
New Jersey was better in the third and it was 1-1 heading into overtime, when Jagr produced the game winner, a milestone on two important fronts. It was the 690th goal of Jagr’s illustrious NHL career, which tied him for ninth on the all-time goal-scoring list with his former boss and teammate in Pittsburgh, Mario Lemieux. It was also the 121st game-winning goal of Jagr’s career, which tied him with Gordie Howe for the most in history.
Jagr is now 41, in his 20th NHL season, and would have broken these marks long ago if he hadn’t left the NHL to go to Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League for three years. Since then, he’s been something of a hockey nomad – spending a year with the Philadelphia Flyers, then dividing time between the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins last year and now with the Devils as the de facto replacement for Ilya Kovalchuk, who left to go back to Russia last summer.
Jagr has a sort of mythical presence among players and no one is ever quite sure what to make of him, until they play with him. Then, the wows start.
(Cory) Schneider was like that too.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” acknowledged Schneider. “He’s come in here and done nothing but work hard and set a great example. He’s positive, really builds guys up, whether they’re having a tough time. Sometimes, you might be afraid to play with a guy like that, but he’s the exact opposite. He makes you feel like a better player and he makes guys better around him.”
Below, scroll to the 2 minute mark to watch Jagr's OT goal or start from the beginning to see 3-on-3 hockey for the first two minutes of OT.
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