No one is ever catching Wayne Gretzky for the most career points in NHL history, but Florida's Jaromir Jagr can claim second place on that list by himself with one point in Thursday's game against Boston.
Jagr's Panthers (15-13-5) won their second straight game Tuesday, 4-3 in a shootout over Buffalo. The 44-year-old Jagr had three assists to pull even with Mark Messier at 1,887 points for No. 2 on the all-time list, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (2,857). How amazing was Gretzky? His 1,963 assists alone would make him the league's top all-time scorer. Jagr has 1,132 assists (No. 6 in history) and 755 goals (No. 3).
Jagr was 44 years and 309 days old when he got point No. 1,887. Messier was 43 years and 73 days. Gretzky was a ridiculous 28 years and 304 days old. Jagr's third-period assist on Nick Bjugstad's first goal of the season, which tied the game 3-3, gave him that 1,887th point in 1,662 career games. Messier scored his 1,887 in 1,756 in a career that spanned from 1978 to 2004.
This is Jagr's eighth NHL team. He scored 1,079 of his points with the Penguins in 11 seasons; 195 with the Rangers in four seasons; 118 with the Capitals in three seasons; 96 points with the Devils in 139 games; 54 points with the Flyers, 26 points with the Stars and nine points with the Bruins, each in one season; and 103 points with the Panthers in 132 games. Keep in mind that Jagr took a three-year sabbatical to play in the Russian KHL.
The Panthers are slight favorites on NHL odds against the visiting Bruins on Thursday. The teams have played twice thus far in 2016-17. Boston won 2-1 in south Florida on Nov. 1 and 4-3 in overtime in Beantown on Dec. 5. Jagr was held without a point in the first meeting but found the net in the second. The Bruins have been a bad choice on NHL picks of late, having lost six of eight entering Thursday. They now play nine of their next 11 on the road, where Boston is 9-5-3.