With the season dying down and inching closer to the playoffs, this season has been highlighted by a few players hitting milestones in the careers. Jagr hitting 1900 points, Ovechkin hitting 1000 points along with Crosby getting a 1000 points, and Lundqvist getting 400 wins as a goalie.
First thing first, Jaromir Jagr, the ageless wonder, how is he still going at it with today’s elite players. Jagr was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 1st round, 5th overall back in 1990, yes 1990 folks. Over his career he has 2 Cups to his name countless scoring titles and a lengthy career. Jagr hit the 1900 point mark against the Sharks on his 45th birthday recording and assist to reach the mark. Jagr has 760 goals and 1,142 assits for 1,902 points in his career, I can only imagine what his totals would be if he didn’t leave the league briefly playing in his native Czech Republic before making a comeback to the NHL. I remember his early days in the Burgh, his stick skills were just phenomenal, defense men hated hime and goalies feared him. The salute after every goal he scored and the 5 Art Ross trophies as the leading scorer in the league, 94-95 then a tear from 97-01 Jagr owned the league in scoring. Having played for the Penguins, Capitals, Rangers, Flyers, Stars, Bruins, Devils, and the Panthers, he has established himself as a Hall of Famer when he is finally done playing, which who knows when that will be, maybe the second coming!?
Speaking of Hall of Famers, Sidney Crosby will be a HOF at the end of his career, but for now he will be working on padding his stats. Crosby hit the 1000 point mark against the Jets this past weekend, being the 86th player to do so, Ovechkin who will also be a HOFer was the 85th player in league history to hit the century mark too. These two players are the best in the world of hockey today as we know it. Seemingly different styles between them, they still have a large effect for their franchises. Crosby being the play maker, and Ovechkin being the pure goal scorer, it’s hard not to be amazed by what these two bring to the game today. Ovechkin hit the century mark against Crosby’s Penguins last month, making the rivalry between the two teams that much more interesting to say. Both Ovechkin and Crosby are the faces of their teams and both received a gold plated sticks for their achievements. Who knows how this rivalry will end, and who will be on top, I can surely say this, it will always be a fun match-up to watch, and with both players being in the Eastern Conference there will be even more memorable playoff series to watch and remember!
There are 12 goalies in the NHL with 400 wins and Henrik Lundqvist is the latest player to enter that club. It’s not easy putting on the body armor night in and out and earning a win, let alone 400 of them. Lundqvist, a.k.a. King Henry posted his 400th defeating the Aves 4-2 the other night, one that was special for King Henry but also his teammates as well. He has tied former goalie Chris Osgood in the wins column and is moving up the charts. There is no doubt that he will have sole possession of 9th place in wins passing the great Glenn Hall by seasons end. Lundqvist has been one of the leagues best goal tenders year in and out and continues to be dominant for the Rangers since coming into the league in 2000. He will certainly make a charge towards the 500 win mark in which Patrick Roy 551 and Martin Brodeur 691 are the only two in that club and Brodeur being the only 600 win goalie in NHL history!