Tim Thomas stole many of the headlines (and at least a couple should-be goals) on Saturday night, but Jaromir Jagr made history as the New Jersey Devils beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 in OT.
Jagr assisted on Marek Zidlicky’s game-winning goal with just a few seconds left in the overtime period. With that, he broke a tie with Mario Lemieux for seventh all-time in point scoring with his 1,724th.
The 41-year-old has 36 points in 46 games this season. He reached that 1,724th point in the 1,437th game of his NHL career.
Here are the six players ahead of Jagr, all-time:
1. Wayne Gretzky – 2,857 points
2. Mark Messier – 1,887
3. Gordie Howe – 1,850
4. Ron Francis – 1,798
5. Marcel Dionne – 1,771
6. Steve Yzerman – 1,755
For all the critiques Jagr has sent his team’s way, the veteran winger is backing up his words on the ice, even after all this time. The Devils improved to 19-18-9 on the season with the win while Florida fell to 17-21-7.
Related: Thomas didn’t make it easy for the Devils to score tonight, to say the least.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”
The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.
Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.
It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.
Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.
He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.
Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.
If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.
The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.
The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.