Jaromir Jagr says Hertl's critics 'just jealous'

Devils sniper Jaromir Jagr has some harsh words for critics of Tomas Hertl. (Bruce Bennett/Getty...

Devils sniper Jaromir Jagr has some harsh words for critics of Tomas Hertl. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images-AFP)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:42 PM ET

According to the NHL’s active goal-scoring leader, those griping about Tuesday’s between-the-legs tally by San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl can be grouped into two categories.

“Only guys who never did that, who never tried, who don’t have the skill for that, who are jealous,” said New Jersey Devils sharpshooter Jaromir Jagr, who can be considered an expert on the topic since he’s scored 683 times at hockey’s highest level.

“And goalies.”

The hockey world has been buzzing about Hertl’s fourth goal in Tuesday’s 9-2 blowout victory over the New York Rangers in San Jose, when the 19-year-old whiz kid dropped the puck between his own legs and then flicked a shot over Martin Biron’s shoulder.

While most have applauded Hertl’s highlight-reel goal, some have suggested the Sharks rookie shouldn’t have been dipsy-doodling — or celebrating enthusiastically — in such a lopsided game.

“I heard some things — ‘It’s not good, it’s embarrassing.’ No (frea


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