Earlier this week, 43-year-old Florida Panthers Jaromir Jagr told TSN reporter Frank Seravalli that he knows he will play until he's 50. Jagr said he didn't think he'd be able to stay in the NHL specifically that long, but that he'll keep playing. With how he's looked so far to start the 2015-16 season, maybe he's selling himself short.
After scoring twice in the Panthers' stunning 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in their home opener, Jagr posted another pair in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. He also added an assist in the third period as the Panthers earned a 3-2 win over Buffalo to improve to 3-1-0 on the season.
The first goal came on the power play thanks to an absolutely perfect saucer pass to Jagr who was waiting for the one-timer on the far side. The legend didn't miss, ripping a shot past Sabres goalie Chad Johnson, who couldn't get over in time.
Shortly thereafter, Jagr got the puck on his stick inside the Sabres zone, stickhandled into some space and then ripped a shot over the outstretched glove of Johnson. The puck entered the net with enough force to shatter the lid of the water bottle resting in a holder behind the net. No. 68 can still rip it.
Jagr now has 726 career goals. He is just six goals away from surpassing Los Angeles Kings great Marcel Dionne for fourth all-time in goals in the NHL. With the assist added to the two goals he scored, Jagr is also now 43 points away from surpassing Mr. Hockey himself Gordie Howe's 1,850 points for third all-time in NHL scoring.
The way he's playing right now, Jagr has a shot to pass Howe this very season. He has six points through four games this year. Including last season, in his 24 games with the Florida Panthers, Jagr has 23 points in 24 games. If you're wondering where the Fountain of Youth is, it appears to be in Sunrise, Fla.