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.