Tonight the Penguins (16-7-3) visit the Florida Jagrs HC (12-11-4) in what should be an epic battle because of one man, one legend actually, Jaromir Jagr. We could go on and on about how the Penguins have won three straight and have comeback in every game to do so, but we're not going to. We're going to talk about Jaromir Jagr and just how amazing he is and how beautiful he is. I mean... look at his mullet.
Jagr defies life and he could easily be considered the 'Eighth Wonder of the World.' Jagr is 44 years old and still playing in the NHL. Actually wait, let me elaborate real quick, not only is he playing in the NHL, he's being productive as hell in the NHL. A league that is considered very hard to score in, and Jagr is still competitive at 44 years old. So far this season, Jagr has played in 27 games and has 5 goals, 8 assists for a total of 13 points. What did he do last year at age 43? Oh yeah, he played in 79 games and recorded 27 goals and 39 assists for a total of 66 points (what a coincidence).
Many Penguin fans truly forget what Jagr did for this city and team. When Mario Lemieux was battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, Jagr was there. Jagr was a very important part of the two Stanley Cups that Pittsburgh won in 1991 and 1992, as well as a very important part of keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh during the bad years. Lemieux may have saved the franchise when he was drafted back in 1984, but Jagr saved the team by playing in one game. The date was May 2nd, 1999 and the Penguins trailed the Devils 3-2 in a best of seven series. The Penguins were an 8 seed, while the Devils were a 1 seed, the so the Penguins were truly an underdog. Jagr would injure his groin in game one and miss games two through five. Jagr would play in game six, though noticeably not 100%. The Devils had a 2-1 lead and played typical boring ass New Jersey style hockey where they sit on a lead and trap it up. Jagr would end up tying the game late in the third, and if that wasn't enough he ended up winning it on a costly turnover by the Devils.
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Mind you, the Penguins were going through bankruptcy at the time. The Penguins needed to advance in the playoffs just so they could get money to make the payments to stay, otherwise it was almost certain that the Penguins would be playing hockey in Kansas City. So guess what Jagr did in game seven against the Devils? Yep. He tallied two assists in a 4-2 win. Though the Penguins ended up losing in the next round to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jagr's postseason effort was enough to save the Penguins, and it's something I'll never forget. Jagr later said in an interview about game six, "That was probably my best game ever. I'll probably never score a goal that important. Probably if I hadn't scored, the team wouldn't be in Pittsburgh right now. Crosby would be in Kansas City."
Aside from what Jagr did for the city, look at what he's done on the ice. Jagr is a five-time Art Ross winner (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001). Double J was also the unanimous MVP on the league during the 1998-1999 season. Want more? He's a 13x all-star (with way too many years to list). Jagr's current point total coming into tonight is almost as impressive as his mullet. Jagr has played in 1,656 games and has tallied 754 goals, 1,127 assists for a total of 1881 points (regular season), which is just six off Mark Messier for second all-time. Jagr also has the most game-winning goals in NHL history with 133. Talk about clutch. The best stat of all though, Jagr is the first player in NHL history to play in the Stanley Cup Finals as a teenager and at over 40 years of age.
So before you boo Jagr or shame him, think about all he's done for Pittsburgh. Jagr is one of the best players of our generation and hopefully now you understand why we love him. Oh yeah, have we mentioned the Penguins play him tonight?
Jagr has the ability to sleep with any girl he wants to, he could probably sleep with some guys too if he wanted.
Jagr has his own brand of peanut butter.
Per FanSided, this is weird, you can rearrange 'Jaromir' to spell Mario Jr.
Jagr is two decades older than the average NHL player.
Matt Murray will start tonight for the Penguins.
This is the Florida Panthers first home game under new Head Coach Tom Rowe.
Jagr lost the 2000 Heart Trophy by just one vote, per FanSided. I'm going to find that one voter and have a talk with them.
The quotes used in the Gameday were from an article from Mike Mazzeo, who recapped the epic game six that took place.
Jagr was notorious for speeding, speeding is cool.
Derrick Pouliot and Jake Guentzel were sent down since the last time we've spoke to you.
My god, I love Jagr.
Jagr has done so much for hockey, Pittsburgh, and myself, but there's not enough time in a day to explain.
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