Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers moved into second all-time in National Hockey League scoring on Tuesday. Jagr recorded three assists in a 4-3 Florida win over the Buffalo Sabres and in the process recorded his 1,887th point. Jagr is now tied with Mark Messier. However one must realize that Messier and Jagr are still 970 points back of the legendary Wayne Gretzky.
Jagr began his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991. He won a Stanley Cup in his first two NHL seasons while playing on the same team as the great Mario Lemieux. However he has not won the Stanley Cup since. In addition to Pittsburgh and Florida, Jagr has played with the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. He has been known throughout the NHL for his mullet.
There was another NHL player to record a milestone last night. San Jose Sharks veteran Joe Thornton played in his 1,400th game as the Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1. Thornton was also involved in the Sharks scoring as he recorded assists on goals by Patrick Marleau and Paul Martin.
It was also a record night for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Columbus won a franchise high tenth straight game in a 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings. It was a great night for Blue Jackets right winger Cam Atkinson, who scored both goals for Columbus in regulation and also scored for the Blue Jackets in the shootout.
The hottest player in the NHL at the moment is Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks. In his last five games, Panarin has four goals and seven assists for 11 points. On the injury front players who went on the injury reserve this past week include Montreal Canadiens center Andrew Shaw (concussion) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson (wrist).