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Jagr sets another record — most points by an NHLer after turning 40


Jaromir Jagr set another record on Friday, and his Florida Panthers earned a comeback victory that keeps their slim playoff hopes alive.

Jagr recorded a pair of assists against the New York Rangers, giving him 39 points in 70 games, which is a remarkable total given he is, you know, 45 years old. Per Elias Sports, he now has 269 points since he turned 40, which breaks the previous record held by Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.

Howe played professionally into his 50s — until he was 52 to be exact.

Jagr still has a ways to go if he wants to achieve that same incredible feat, but he has expressed a desire to do just that. In fact, he has expressed a desire to play well beyond the youthful age of 50.

“The only way you get tired with hockey is when you don’t work hard enough and you play the game and you kind of embarrass yourself,” Jagr told Sportsnet last year. “You’re embarrassed because the other guys are better than you, but that’s because you didn’t do enough to prepare for yourself for it.”

The Panthers trailed the Rangers 2-0 before Friday’s game was even five minutes old. But they came back in the second period, before Aleksander Barkov scored in the third period and again in the shootout to give Florida a critical victory.

With 12 games left on their schedule, the Panthers are five points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot in the East.

USA Hockey says it will not offer living wage, as dispute with women’s national team continues


The dispute between the U.S. women’s national team and USA Hockey continued Friday, as the governing body released the financial figures central to stalled negotiations between the two sides.

Among the financial details released, USA Hockey said players’ demands — which it said include compensation, benefits and operations — would exceed $8 million during an Olympic year and $5.7 million in a non-Olympic year.

According to USA Today, the figures released were immediately disputed by the players. The report quoted a statement from the players as saying USA Hockey provided “patently false information.”

The team’s captain Meghan Duggan recently told ESPN that players were asking for a living wage, as well as full support for women’s and girl’s programs. However, in a lengthy news release, USA Hockey outlined why it will not provide a living wage, saying that would imply the organization employs players, which, according to its statement, it does not.

More from USA Hockey:

Providing players a living wage implies USA Hockey employs players and it does not. Simply, USA Hockey does not pay players a salary – women or men – and instead provides training stipends and support to help put athletes that participate on our national teams in the best possible position to compete for a gold medal. USA Hockey is not a professional sports league, rather a non-profit organization that fields teams for international competition with players who participate on a voluntary basis. In a non-Olympic year, players from the U.S. Women’s National Team are typically involved in official team activities for a period of 60-70 days over the course of a year, while in an Olympic year, players have typically trained together in a residency program for the six months prior to the Games.

On Wednesday, the women’s team announced it would boycott this year’s tournament. USA Hockey imposed a deadline (5 p.m. on Thursday) for players to decide if they would participate in the competition, but the team then let that deadline pass.

“USA Hockey will continue to have conversations with representatives of players that are part of the U.S. Women’s National Team program. The clear objective is to resolve the situation so that the players previously selected to play in the upcoming IIHF World Championship are those that represent our country,” it said in the release.

This year’s tournament begins March 31 in Plymouth, Mich. The U.S. has won the world championship three years in a row.

Video: Crosby closes on Marchand in Rocket Richard Trophy race (Updated: They’re tied)

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Quite a race right now for the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy, awarded each year to the league’s leading goal scorer.

Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins currently leads the NHL with 37 goals, but he has the night off. Sidney Crosby entered Friday’s game against the New Jersey Devils only two goals back of Marchand, but No. 87 has since closed the gap to one.

Crosby scored goal No. 36 for his season, as he one-timed a perfect pass from Mark Streit during a late first-period power play. That capped a wild opening 20 minutes, as the two teams combined for five goals.

There are currently 13 players, including rookies Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews, with 30 goals or more, so this race is wide open right now.

Updated: Crosby scored into an empty net in the third period, giving him 37 goals, which ties Marchand for the league lead. The Penguins won 6-4.

The Stars will be without Jamie Benn versus the Flames

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The Dallas Stars visit the Calgary Flames tonight, following a win in Vancouver on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Stars, they will be without Jamie Benn.

The Stars’ captain was hurt during a fight with towering Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin and has now been listed as out with an upper-body injury, according to coach Lindy Ruff.

The injury didn’t occur from any punches, but instead from a glove to the face from the much larger Tryamkin, who is listed at 6’7″ and 265 pounds.

As you’ll see in the video above, Tryamkin didn’t remove his left glove until toward the end of the scrap.

“He got scratched, saw the eye doctor, got a glove in the eye,” Ruff said of Benn, per Mark Stepneski of the Stars’ website.

The fight occurred late in the second period, and Benn didn’t return for the third period. Benn is second on the Stars in total scoring, with 63 points in 66 games.

Things have ‘changed quickly’ for the Capitals, losers of four straight


It wasn’t another 4-2 result. But the losing did continue for the Washington Capitals.

Washington lost 5-2 to the Anaheim Ducks, who were without goalie John Gibson due to injury, on Sunday.

The Capitals leave California on a four-game losing streak. They were swept on this trip, unable to secure even a single point. The schedule doesn’t get any easier in the immediate aftermath of this funk.

The Minnesota Wild lead the Central Division, have a shot at the Presidents’ Trophy and they are next to play the Capitals on Tuesday.

It wasn’t that long ago the Capitals were going through their opponents like a hot knife through butter. But the scoring problems that have suddenly crept up continue to linger on and the losses have followed.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one point back in the Metropolitan Division. The Columbus Blue Jackets are three back. The New York Rangers are five back. The chase is very much on right now.

“We were winning 5-1, 6-1. Things were going a little too easy but now it’s the other way. It can change quickly here,” said Nicklas Backstrom, per the Capitals. Difficult, if not impossible, to maintain that level of offense throughout an entire 82-game season.

Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler each had three points in the win, with Kesler recording his 20th goal — the ninth time in his career he’s hit that milestone in a single season. While on the other side, Alex Ovechkin‘s scoring drought reached 10 games.

When asked if, on this trip, the opposition’s best players had been better than Washington’s best, Backstrom confirmed that suggestion. “That’s absolutely correct. We had some chances, too, on the power play that we have to capitalize on. Overall, five-on-five we can be better,” he said.

Both teams entered the second period in a scoreless tie, but by the midway point, Anaheim had opened up a three-goal lead, thanks in large part to goals from Perry and Rickard Rakell 28 seconds apart.

“This is going to make us better,” said coach Barry Trotz. “It’s not going to make us worse.”