Jagr just keeps on going....
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.
When asked to describe the win, O'Reilly said that it was all about Character.
"I just tried to get a shot off quick because [Smith] doesn't give you much," O'Reilly said after coming out of the training room. "It was a character win for us. We stuck with it. We gave up the lead in the third and McLeod gets a great, grinding goal by getting in the blue ice to tie it up."
Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves, and the Avalanche snapped the Coyotes' eight-game home winning streak and moved to 14-0-0 when scoring first this season.
"This is a big win for us. It's not an easy team to play against, they are probably one of the best in the NHL," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "It would have been easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves when we got behind, but we were resilient.