Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jaromir Jagr Scores First Goal as a Flame in 6-3 Win over Red Wings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jaromir Jagr Scores First Goal as a Flame in 6-3 Win over Red Wings

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Jagr nets first as Flame in win over Red Wings

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CALGARY - Jaromir Jagr has finally found the back of the net with his ninth NHL franchise.

The 45-year-old scored his first as a Flame and assisted on Mark Jankowski's first of his career to lead Calgary to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Jagr's rebound bounced in off Jankowski's leg to open the scoring 9:15 into the first period. In the second with Calgary ahead 4-2, the future hall-of-famer showed the type of finish that has got him 766 career goals, third on the league's all-time goals list behind Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky.

Breaking up ice on a two-on-one with Johnny Gaudreau, Jagr got himself open, took a cross-ice feed from Gaudreau and after patiently waiting for Petr Mrazek to go down, snapped a shot past the Red Wings goaltender.

"Of course any first goal for any team is special, especially in Canada," said Jagr. "I can see how much the fans appreciate it, how much they love hockey. Since the first day I've signed here they have been so good to me."

Jagr's first two-point game since signing as a free agent on Oct. 4 gives him four points in seven games. He was playing his second game after missing six with a groin injury.

"Scoring your first NHL goal is something you've dreamed about your whole life ever since you were a little kid and wanted to play in the NHL, and just to have (Jagr) get the assist on it, it just makes it that much more (special)," said Jankowski, Calgary's first round pick in 2012.

Also assisting on Jankowski's goal was Sam Bennett, ending his 15-game pointless skid to open the season.

With his team desperate for secondary scoring, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan hopes Jagr playing alongside Jankowski and Bennett can start contributing offensively.

"Jags gives us some energy and he puts it in the building too," said Gulutzan. "Guys were liking Jags' big time shifts. There's some energy there. We need that moving forward. …

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