Friday, November 27, 2015

The Jagr First-Goal Report

It took over 400 minutes, but Jaromir Jagr finally scored a goal for the Flyers Monday.

The Jagr First-Goal Report

( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer )
( Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer ) RON CORTES / Staff Photographer

When Jaromir Jagr finally scored Monday night (right), the Flyers' season was 438 minutes and one second old. That is, by far, the longest into any of his teams' seasons that it took the future Hall of Famer to light his first light.

Below are the first goals of each of his 18 seasons.

Noteworthy: Before Monday, the longest Jagr had gone into a season without a tally was his most recent NHL campaign (2007-08) when it took him nearly 300 minutes to score for the Rangers ... His earliest goal came a year before that, when it took him all of 29 seconds to get on the board ... Seven times he has scored in his team's first game, including five in a row from 2001 to 2006 (three years with the Capitals, the strike year, and his first two with the Rangers) ... In four of those seven games, he scored in the first period of the season.


Date of Goal
1990-91    Oct. 7, 1990 2nd 114:10
1991-92 Oct. 15, 1991 5th 296:43
1992-93 Oct. 8, 1992 2nd 107:20
1993-94 Oct. 10, 1993 4th 192:13
1994-95 Jan. 20, 1995    1st 28:25
1995-96 Oct. 7, 1995 1st 18:26
1996-97 Oct. 11, 1996 3rd 131:09
1997-98 Oct. 4, 1997 3rd 151:22
1998-99 Oct. 10, 1998 1st 4:50
1999-00 Oct. 7, 1999 2nd 97:11
2000-01 Oct. 13, 2000 3rd 167:43
2001-02 Oct. 6, 2001 1st 26:44
2002-03 Oct. 11, 2002 1st 20:33
2003-04 Oct. 9, 2003 1st 2:04
2005-06 Oct. 5, 2005 1st 46:28
2006-07 Oct. 5, 2006 1st 0:29
2007-08 Oct. 13, 2007 5th 298:51
2011-12 Oct. 24, 2011 8th 438:01
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