Now that Jaromir Jagr has 700 NHL goals in the bank, the future Hockey Hall of Famer is already setting his sights on his next big milestone.
There are only six guys who have ever scored more. So yes, this is a significant marker to reach.
‘‘Maybe not for Wayne Gretzky, but for the rest of us it’s a very big number — 800 is a little bit better than 700,’’ he said.
Jagr scored in the second period of the New Jersey Devils’ 6-1 victory over the Islanders Saturday afternoon in Uniondale, N.Y.
Through bits of laughter, the 42-year-old Jagr suggested that 800 goals is attainable, as well as Gretzky’s record 894.
Jagr’s tally, his 19th of the season, sparked New Jersey’s four-goal second period, and Martin Brodeur earned the win in his first start in over a month.
Jagr gave the Devils a 2-0 lead early in the second, and Ryane Clowe, Marek Zidlicky, and Mark Fayne followed in rapid succession.
Adam Henrique opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:00 of the first.
Clowe and Zidlicky also tallied during power plays.
Brodeur, the subject of trade rumors less than a week before the NHL deadline, played for the first time since being pulled from a loss to the Rangers on Jan. 26 at Yankee Stadium. Cory Schneider started all seven games since.
Brodeur made 18 saves Saturday.
Jagr is only eight goals behind Mike Gartner. Jagr is seventh in career points with 1,740, and his assist on Zidlicky’s goal was No. 1,040, tying him for ninth.
Montreal 4, Toronto 3 — Max Pacioretty scored on the power play 3:28 into overtime, sending the host Canadiens past Toronto.
Pacioretty’s strike, assisted on by Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban, came 14 seconds after the Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul was sent off for Jonathan Bernier’s delay of game.
Pacioretty’s winner was his second score of the game. Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk also scored twice.
Blackhawks 5, Penguins 1 — Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist at a picturesque Soldier Field, and Chicago beat Pittsburgh in the finale of the NHL Stadium Series.
In swirling snow and frigid conditions, Patrick Sharp scored in the first period and Patrick Kane set up Kris Versteeg’s 100th career goal in the second, helping Chicago to its first win since Feb. 5 at Anaheim.
James Neal was credited with Pittsburgh’s only goal when Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook sent the puck into his own net at 6:21 of the third. Marc-Andre Fleury had 35 saves in the Penguins’ third straight loss, matching a season high.
Flyers 4, Rangers 2 — Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist to lead host Philadelphia past New York. Vincent Lecvalier, Sean Couturier, and Luke Schenn also scored for Philadelphia, which rebounded from a 7-3 home defeat to San Jose on Thursday.
Lightning 4, Stars 2 — Martin St. Louis scored two goals for the second consecutive game, leading Tampa Bay in Dallas. Goalie Ben Bishop cooled off Dallas, 7-1-2 in its previous 10, by making 39 saves for his 29th win.
Kings 3, Hurricanes 1 — Alec Martinez scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 11:45 to play, Jonathan Quick made 24 saves, and Los Angeles beat Carolina for the hosts’ third victory in four days.
Flames 2, Oilers 1 — Sean Monahan scored both Calgary goals, including one 1:50 into overtime, for the visitors.
Blue Jackets 6, Panthers 3 — Artem Anisimov scored a shorthanded goal late in the second period and the Blue Jackets’ special teams provided four goals in Columbus, Ohio.
Jets 3, Predators 1 — Olli Jokinen, Andrew Ladd, and Devin Setoguchi scored and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 39 shots as Winnipeg beat host Nashville.