Congrats Jagr on passing Messier for second all-time in scoring


Jaromir Jagr passed Mark Messier for second all-time on the NHL scoring list with his 1888th point. It happened with 6:40 left in the third period of the Panthers’ 3-1 home loss to the Bruins. In typical Jagr fashion, he had the puck go off the back of his jersey and deflect right to Aleksander Barkov for a goal.

They stopped the game to make sure on the replay that the puck did touch Jagr. Of course, he was interviewed with the match stopped. It wouldn’t be Jagr if he didn’t crack a joke about the milestone.

“I tried to score a goal. But the puck went off my ass,” number 68 remarked.

For Jagr, he followed up a three assist performance in a 4-3 shootout win with a bizarre primary helper on Barkov’s goal. One thing about the 44-year old living legend. He’ll do whatever it takes to help his team. Jagr got rewarded for going to the net with it resulting in a nice Barkov tally.

A bit fitting that it would be the young and talented Barkov, who should have more than nine goals at this point of the season. He’s got a world of skill and has learned from playing with Jagr. A player who’s been in the NHL since he entered the league as a teenager with the Penguins in 1990-91 after being drafted fifth overall in the 1990 NHL Draft. The same special player who won consecutive Cups his first two years. The same one who’s 23 years older than Barkov.

Kudos to the Rangers for sending out a congratulatory tweet of a former popular player who led them back into the postseason after a decade. Number 68 took a team predicted to finish 30 and set franchise marks in goals (54), points (123) and power play goals (24).

It really is amazing what Jagr’s accomplished. What if he didn’t return to the KHL for those three seasons with Omsk Avangard? He’d definitely be over 800 goals and 2000 points.

The Panthers presented Jagr with a gold stick to commemorate the magic moment. Jagr thanked the organization along with the Bruins and the fans. So, he’s now up to 20 points (6-14-20). He hasn’t finished as much as ’15-16 when he scored 27 goals. I would love to see him hit a good stretch in the goal department.

Jaromir Jagr is someone special. A once in a lifetime player who has given the NHL and hockey fans so much. The joy and passion he plays with is what makes him so enjoyable. Here’s hoping he sticks around a few more years.

CONGRATS NUMBER 68

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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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