UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jaromir Jagr became the seventh player to score 700 NHL goals, reaching the mark in the second period on Saturday 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 goal of the season. The Islanders have been Jagr’s favorite target in his 20 NHL seasons. He has 61 goals and 88 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.
Jagr was surrounded by his teammates who were on the ice with him and then skated across the front of the bench, patting gloves along the way. He received a nice ovation from the crowd when his milestone was announced.
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 1,740.
LaFontaine quits on Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Pat LaFontaine abruptly resigned as the Buffalo Sabres president of hockey operations on Saturday a little more than three months after being brought in to provide a new direction to the NHL’s last-place team.
The Sabres announced the decision in a news release issued after speculation had been raised of a potential front-office shakeup involving LaFontaine.
The Sabres said LaFontaine would be returning to his previous role working with the National Hockey League. LaFontaine had been working with the league on player safety issues before being hired by the Sabres in mid-November.
The former Sabres captain’s arrival was hailed as a major turning point for a struggling team. LaFontaine took over following a front-office shakeup during which general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston were dismissed following the Sabres’ 4-15-1 start.