Long-time New Jersey Devil, Patrik Elias, picked up his 1,000th NHL point on Tuesday, Jan. 6. He now has 399 goals and 601 assists in his career.
In the game against the Buffalo Sabres, Elias notched a goal and two assists to help the Devils defeat the Sabres by a score of 4-1.
Early in the game, Elias gave the Devils a lead with a goal and an assist on Travis Zajac’s short-handed goal. Elias picked up his 1,000th point at 16:56 of the third period with an assist on Mike Cammalleri’s empty-net goal to seal the win.
Elias is the 80th player in NHL history to reach 600 assists and the 82nd to hit the 1,000-point mark. With 399 goals, his next score will make him the 91st player to reach 400.
In addition to his scoring, he has also appeared in 1,187 games, all of which have been played with New Jersey. With 13 more games, he will become the 103rd player to appear in 1,200.
This game marked the Devil’s first back-t0-back win since November 11/14. Until now, New Jersey has struggled putting together two consecutive victories. On the previous Saturday, the beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2. They are now tied with the Flyers with 37 points in the Metropolitan Division with a 15-20-7 record.
In the Saturday game against the Flyers, another Devil had a monumental night. At 42 years and 322 days old, Jaromir Jagr became the oldest NHL player to score a hat trick.
The previous record was held by Gordie Howe when he scored three goals at 41 years and 217 days old.
This was Jagr’s 15th hat trick in his career. The last time Jagr scored a hat trick was in 2006 (also against the Flyers) when he played for the New York Rangers.
The Devils look to extend their win streak to three games when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday, Jan. 8.
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