NEWARK — A month shy of 43, Jaromir Jagr is still setting scoring records.
Jagr scored three times to pass Gordie Howe and become the oldest NHL player to record a hat trick, leading New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Jagr had his 15th career hat trick — and first since 2006. Howe was 41 in 1969 when he had a three-goal game.
“It’s not easy to score in this league anymore,” the Czech star said. “With the videos, the preparation, the systems they play, plus the goaltenders are so good. I am happy for every opportunity to score goals.”
Jagr has 714 goals and is only three behind Phil Esposito in fifth place all-time in the NHL.
The line of Jagr, Adam Henrique and Scott Gomez combined for four goals and eight points, helping the Devils end a two-game skid with their third victory in 13 games.
In other games around the league, Nashville eked out a wild 7-6 win over Los Angeles in overtime, Montreal beat Pittsburgh 4-1 to move into first place in the Eastern Conference, and St. Louis ended a five-game road losing streak with a 7-2 win over San Jose.
In Los Angeles, Roman Josi scored 18 seconds into overtime after Pekka Rinne gave up three goals in the final 2:01 of regulation to blow a commanding lead for the Predators.
Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson scored goals 1:22 apart in the first period, Mattias Ekholm and Mark Acrobello scored 1:41 apart in the second, and the Predators also got goals from Ryan Ellis and Olli Jokinen in opening a 5-1 lead.
Dwight King, Alec Martinez and Jeff Carter each scored during the Kings’ late third-period burst.
Montreal’s Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais scored early in the first period and Carey Price stopped 30 shots for his 22nd win of the season for the Canadiens.
Montreal won its sixth straight overall and fifth in a row on the road. The Canadiens (26-11-2) top the East standings with 54 points, one clear of the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh.
T.J. Oshie scored his second career hat trick to move past the 100-goal milestone in his career in the Blues’ win.
Alexander Steen and Kevin Shattenkirk each had a goal and three assists, and Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin also scored for the Blues, who got their second win in the past eight games.
The Sharks have lost four of five.
Elsewhere, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Rick Nash scored power-play goals 2:32 apart in the first period as the surging New York Rangers rolled past slumping Buffalo 6-1. The Rangers won for the 10th time in 11 games.
Dallas, Phoenix and Winnipeg also posted high-scoring wins.
The Stars scored six or more goals in consecutive games for the first time since 1997, beating Minnesota 7-1. Dallas had shut out Arizona 6-0 on Wednesday.
Phoenix got two goals from Sam Gagner to beat Columbus 6-3, and Bryan Little had a goal and two assists to give Winnipeg a 5-1 win over Toronto.
Ottawa topped Boston 3-2 in overtime and Vancouver beat Detroit 4-1 in the night’s other games.