Monday, March 7, 2016

Jagr Passes Howe for Third All-Time on NHL Points List

When you notch 1,851 NHL points, not all of them are going to be dreamy works of art. In Jaromir Jagr's case, so many of his 1,851 points have been bona fide gems--but not this milestone assist. Ah, but this one was sweet for other reasons. Jagr's primary assist on Aleksandr Barkov's tally in the first period of the Panther's 5-4 OT loss to Boston on Monday night at TD Garden moves the Czech past the legendary Gordie Howe and into third on the NHL's all-time scoring list.

The play held up after a coach's challenge.

Jagr has held up for nearly three full decades of the NHL grind.

"It's more for you guys," said the 44-year-old, while taking questions at his locker after the game. "It's behind me now, let's concentrate on the wins."

Florida didn't get the win on Monday, but they did manage to battle back from 4-1 down to force overtime.

"We just gave it to them," Jagr said of his team's effort early. "Once we started playing our game we dominated, especially in the second period. Almost every game we're getting a bad start. Down three goals; it's not easy to come back against a team like that. We got a big point, but we got to play better from the start."

Florida scored three unanswered goals before Lee Stempniak scored the winner for Boston at 4:00 of overtime.

Jagr, who has 743 goals and 1,108 assists in 1,613 NHL games, is just 36 behind Mark Messier's 1,887 points for second in NHL history. Wayne Gretzky, who has set the bar high with 2,857 points, tops the list.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Watch: Nakladal takes Dangerous High-Stick to Face from Kuhnhackl

During the second period of today's Penguins-Flames tilt at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh forward Tom Kuhnhackl committed a dangerous high-stick foul against Flames defenseman Jakub Nakladal. Kuhnhackl got the stick up twice on the Flames defender. First he brushed him with the shaft of his stick as the two initally made contact in the Flames' end. A moment later Kuhnhackl dangerously catches Nakladal with the blade of his stick near the eye as he is pivoting.

After staying down on the ice for about a minute, Nakladal headed to the dressing room with a towel over his face under his own power.

Kuhnhackl was given a four-minute double minor on the play. Calgary scored moments after Pittsburgh had killed off the double to take a 3-2 lead.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Jagr Ties Gordie Howe for Third on NHL's All-Time Points List

Another night, another freakishly cool milestone.

Jaromir Jagr's secondary assist on Erik Gudbranson's goal during the Panthers 3-2 loss to the Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday means that the 44-year-old has tied Gordie Howe for third on the all-time scoring list with 1,850 points.

Jagr is now 37 points behind Mark Messier for second on the list.

The Panthers' winger has 21 goals and 27 assists and is a plus-16 on the season.

In other news, Jagr has been playing for longer than nine NHL teams have existed. And if that didn't impress you, how about this: Jagr has stopped drinking ten cups of coffee a day for lent, and it hasn't slowed him down.

In case you were wondering, Wayne Gretzky tops the NHL's all-time points list with 2,857 points. Do you think Jagr can play for another 20 years? Because that's about how long it would take Jags to catch the Great One.

Watch: Lundqvist Loses His Marbles, Gets Penalized

File under: If you don't get your way, freak out!

To get the full story, watch the video below. New York Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist, typically a model of poise and grace under pressure, becomes upset when referees don't blow the whistle after he was injured in a collision with his own defenseman, Ryan McDonagh.

He doesn't wait long before losing his mind and throwing the net off the pegs to stop play.

Lundqvist would later leave the game with a neck injury.

The Penguins netted the 4-1 victory, behind goals from Crosby (26), Malkin (25), Hornqvist (17) and Kessel (20).

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Watch: Ovechkin Hits Everything in Sight, Including Oshie

During the Capitals 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, Sidney Crosby wasn't the only player that Alexander Ovechkin had his sights set on.

Watch as the NHL's leading goal scorer collides with teammate T.J. Oshie before continuing his shift and throwing his body into Olli Matta along the boards. After the play, Ovechkin and Oshie had a good laugh about the near miss.

Washington improves to a remarkable 46-12-4 with the win. They lead Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas by 13 in the race for the President's Cup.

Pittburgh drops to 32-22-8 and they are clinging to the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Watch: McDavid Wins McEichel Cup in Buffalo

It was a highly anticipated battle between the 26th and 29th best teams in the NHL. That may sound funny, but it's true. The top two draft picks in the 2015 NHL draft squared off in a battle that may not have mattered in the standings but had a whole lot of meaning to die-hard fans of these two beleagured franchises as well as fans of hockey's future.

What we've seen from Connor McDavid (12-19-31) and Jack Eichel (17-24-41) in their rookie seasons has been nothing short of fantastic, and the pair didn't disappoint on Tuesday night. In fact, they closed the show with a pair of end-to-end rushes that electrified the crowd and sent fans of both teams home happy (though Edmonton fans surely feel a bit better about McDavid's goal and the Oilers 2-1 win).

Style points to go Eichel, as the degree of difficulty on his spinning backhand was certainly higher than that of McDavid's winner. But like in the draft, McDavid came out on top. He slid home his 12th of the season and second of the game, ending the first of what we all hope will be a long litany of exciting head-to-head battles between these two.