Jaromir Jagr had three assists to tie Mark Messier for second place on the NHL’s all-time points list when the Florida Panthers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout at BB&T Center on Tuesday.
“When I retire I’ll look back at what I did, maybe I’m going to think about it a little more, but right now I just enjoy every moment I get a chance to play in this league and try to do everything I can to stay in this league,” Jagr said. “I love it so much. I know when I said I want to play till 50 everybody was laughing at me, but I’ll work every day to do it.”
Jagr has 1,887 points in his NHL career. He reached the milestone by assisting on Nick Bjugstad‘s first goal of the season at 16:09 of the third period to tie it 3-3.
Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and tied Terry Sawchuk for fifth all-time with his 447th NHL win.
“We’re really lucky, you guys as the media, us as coaches, teammates, the fans,” Panthers coach Tom Rowe said. “This doesn’t come around a lot. When you have two guys with Jagr, who is definitely going to be in the Hall of Fame, [Luongo] is going to be in the Hall of Fame, and to be able to watch it front row is a lot of fun.”
Keith Yandle also scored for Florida, which played the first of a five-game homestand.
Columbus Blue Jackets backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney puts in extra work at practice to stay sharp.
He’s also doing extra in games, going beyond regulation for the fourth time in as many starts this season.
Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings at Nationwide Arena, he followed a 44-save performance by stopping two of three attempts in the shootout to help Columbus win its 10th straight game, 3-2 to set the Blue Jackets’ record.