PHI
30-29-17
NJD
31-33-12

Jagr becomes oldest to net hat trick, Devils rout Flyers

Dan Rosen  - NHL.com Senior Writer | Sunday, 01.04.2015 / 2:01 AM

NEWARK, N.J. -- If New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr does something special on the ice nowadays, it typically comes with the caveat that he's the oldest to do it the NHL since … fill in the blank.

Saturday at Prudential Center, Jagr became the oldest NHL player to do something, period.

Jagr is the oldest player in League history to score a hat trick, doing so in a 5-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. It was Jagr's 15th NHL hat trick and first in almost nine years.

Jagr was 42 years, 322 days old Saturday. Gordie Howe was the oldest player to score a hat trick in an NHL game; he did it in 1969, when he was 41 years, 216 days old, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jagr's hat trick was his first in an NHL game since March 22, 2006, also against the Flyers. He moved within three goals of tying Phil Esposito (717 goals) for fifth on the League's all-time list, and within 18 points of tying Ron Francis (1,798 points) for fourth in League history.

"I like to score hat tricks, but I don't like the thing you said that I'm the oldest guy," Jagr said. "I don't want to be the oldest guy, but I'm glad I scored."

The Devils are too. They needed a breakout offensive game after scoring 21 goals in their previous 14. They scored five goals on 14 shots in the first 32:32 before Andrew MacDonald and Vincent Lecavalier scored for the Flyers.

Scott Gomez had a goal and two assists for New Jersey (14-20-7). Patrik Elias scored, and Adam Henrique had two assists.

The Devils scored five goals in a game for the fourth time this season, the first time since their 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 4. They've done it twice against the Flyers, including a 6-4 win on opening night at Wells Fargo Center.

It was the 14th time in 41 games the Devils scored at least three goals in a game; they had done it twice in their previous 17 games.

"Now we've got to start taking advantage, we've got to go on a run," Gomez said. "The effort is there. The way we played … there is the formula. These games are all huge. We're kidding ourselves if we don't go out like that."

The Flyers (14-18-7) were playing the last game of a season-high eight-game road trip. They went 3-4-1, but were 0-4-1 with nine goals in the past five games after scoring 16 goals in winning the first three.

"We've all got to be better," Philadelphia coach Craig Berube said.

The Flyers had to use 11 forwards and seven defensemen because captain Claude Giroux and center Scott Laughton were unable to play.

Giroux sustained a cut on the back of his left leg Friday in a 2-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes. He is tied for third the NHL with 43 points. Laughton sustained a lower-body injury against the Hurricanes and is day-to-day, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.

"Obviously that [stinks]," Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said of not having Giroux and Laughton, "but the way we played tonight, we could have had Wayne Gretzky in our lineup and I don't know if we would have won. Honestly, I think we played a little better in the latter half of the game, but it was already 5-0 by that point."

Philadelphia goalie Ray Emery allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first period before Berube used Steve Mason to start the second. Mason, who made 24 saves Friday, allowed two goals on seven shots in the second period before making a save on the one shot he faced in the third.

Mason has allowed seven goals on 33 shots in five periods against the Devils this season.

"The few mistakes we made they capitalized on," Lecavalier said. "We didn't start the way we wanted and they definitely capitalized on it. Sometimes you have your goalie making those 20 saves and sometimes not. Sometimes the defense and forwards are playing better, but we just didn't in the first period. They took advantage of it."

Making Jagr's night more impressive was the fact he was breaking in new skates. Jagr said he took the skates out of the box and used them for the first time in warm-ups. He said he's never done that before, that he typically likes to practice with new skates before using them in a game.

"I didn't feel strong enough the last few games and I knew I needed them," Jagr said. "I said, 'I've got nothing to lose, it can't get any worse.'"

Jagr gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 13:20 of the first period when he scored on a shot from behind the goal line after Emery coughed up the puck behind the net. Jagr reached his stick above the goal line and used his backhand to whip the puck into the net before Emery could get into position.

"Tough angle, huh?" Jagr said, smiling. "Just talent. Pure talent. I don't want to sound overconfident … just kidding."

Elias scored a power-play goal 2:22 later to give the Devils a 2-0 lead on backdoor play from the right circle off a blind pass from Martin Havlat. Elias is two goals short of 400 and three points shy of 1,000 for his NHL career.

Jagr scored his second goal of the first period with 3.8 seconds remaining on a wrist shot from the right circle.

Gomez and Jagr scored in the second period to give the Devils a 5-0 lead with 7:38 remaining.

"It's nice to see offense, there's no question," Devils interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello said. "That's something we haven't had. And they were work goals, they were good goals."

Three of them were historic goals.

"Talent," Jagr said, laughing.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
13:20NJD Jaromir Jagr (7) ASST: Adam Henrique (12) 1 - 0 NJD
15:42NJD PPG - Patrik Elias (5) ASST: Martin Havlat (6), Travis Zajac (6) 2 - 0 NJD
19:56NJD Jaromir Jagr (8) ASST: Scott Gomez (7), Andy Greene (10) 3 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
09:35NJD Scott Gomez (3) ASST: Adam Henrique (13), Adam Larsson (4) 4 - 0 NJD
12:32NJD Jaromir Jagr (9) ASST: Scott Gomez (8), Seth Helgeson (2) 5 - 0 NJD
16:38PHI Andrew MacDonald (2) ASST: Brayden Schenn (16), Jakub Voracek (33) 5 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
05:59PHI PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (7) ASST: Andrew MacDonald (7), Michael Del Zotto (7) 5 - 2 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Jaromir Jagr
1st
Jaromir Jagr
RW
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 16:50
Scott Gomez
2nd
Scott Gomez
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 16:47
Adam Henrique
3rd
Adam Henrique
C
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 18:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:36NJD Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj) against  Zac Rinaldo
02:36PHI Zac Rinaldo  Fighting (maj) against  Jordin Tootoo
02:58NJD Tim Sestito  Fighting (maj) against  Michael Raffl
02:58PHI Michael Raffl  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Sestito
15:16PHI R.J. Umberger  Hi-sticking against  Marek Zidlicky
16:42PHI Zac Rinaldo  Elbowing against  Scott Gomez
2nd Period
16:42NJD Mark Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
16:42PHI Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fraser
3rd Period
04:31NJD Adam Larsson  Holding against  R.J. Umberger
08:27NJD Michael Ryder  Cross checking against  Sean Couturier
11:47PHI Andrew MacDonald  Tripping against  Travis Zajac
17:29PHI Brayden Schenn  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Sestito
17:29NJD Tim Sestito  Fighting (maj) against  Brayden Schenn
shots by period
PeriodPHINJD
1st510
2nd117
3rd41
Total2018
Team Stats
CategoryPHINJD
Power Plays1/21/3
Hits3220
Faceoff Wins2726
Giveaways42
Takeaways48
Blocked Shots1213
Penalty Minutes2624
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  • NEW JERSEY
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35S. Mason68.75039:53
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20J. TootooR000055:25
21S. GomezC1242016:47
23M. CammalleriL00-11018:24
25S. HelgesonD0111015:25
26P. EliasC1002016:39
32M. FraserD0010518:08
68J. JagrR3045016:50
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35C. Schneider1820.90060:00