Josh Manson is a good, young defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks. Jaromir Jagr is a great, old forward for the Florida Panthers.
Put them head to head in a small space, who do you think is going to come out on top?
Jagr. Every. Single. Time.
John Gibson sets the puck up for Manson behind the Ducks net. The defenseman starts to exit the trapezoid from one side of while Jagr casually coasts in on the other.
Manson gets, maybe, half a stride before – BLAM – like a cobra, Jagr strikes. He steals the puck from Manson then starts with the fancy stick work in front of Gibson.
Gibson kind of looked the players from Russia when Russ Tyler unleashed knucklepuck for the first time.
Once Jagr has Gibson completely hypnotized, he beats the Ducks netminder for the 760th goal of his NHL career and gives the Panthers the 2-1 lead. He is the third player in NHL history to score a goal after turning 45-years-old.
Manson should consider it a badge of honor. Jagr has made many, many defensemen look silly in his long career. It was just a matter of time.