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Jaromir Jagr gets point 1,600 on Claude Giroux’s beauty

Jaromir Jagr

FILE - This Sept. 17, 2011 file photo shows Philadelphia Flyers’ Jaromir Jagr, from the Czech Republic, during an NHL hockey media availability, in Voorhees, N.J. For all the changes, the Flyers are counting on his game to stay the same and help play a key role in getting them back to the Stanley Cup finals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


People don’t know what to make of Jaromir Jagr, who took a three-year exodus from the NHL. Considering his sabbatical and advanced age (39 years old), many wonder if the future Hall of Famer can rekindle some of his old magic with the Philadelphia Flyers.

He looked great alongside the Flyers’ top forward Claude Giroux in the preseason, but putting a lot of weight in exhibition games is a fool’s errand. His true tests begin tonight and so far, the results have been promising.

In fact, it didn’t even take him a full period to earn a point, as he assisted on Giroux’s gorgeous power play goal. That helper pushes Jagr’s career regular season points total to 1,600. Jagr created a few other chances (and even back-checked!), but the assist is obviously the history-maker. Jagr ranks as the ninth player in NHL history to reach the 1,600-point mark.

This could be the first of a season full of milestones for the veteran winger, although he still has a long way to go.