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Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne

Jari Kurri’s in the “Don’t retire Teemu!” club; Selanne reaches 1,400 points

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PHT’s own Joe Yerdon has become known for spearheading the “#TeemuForever” campaign, but he’s far from the only person hoping that Teemu Selanne sticks around as long as possible. Fellow famous Finn Jari Kurri had a simple message that relayed to Jeff Miller of the OC Register: “Why stop now?”

“I’m hoping he keeps playing,” Kurri said. “Why stop? I know he wants to win. He wants to do well and he’s playing well. I don’t see any reason for him to stop.”

Selanne scored his 23rd goal of the season as the Anaheim Ducks currently hold a 3-0 lead against the Detroit Red Wings. That tally places him at a tidy 1,400 points, just nine shy of Dale Hawerchuk for 18th all-time. In fact, as PHT discussed earlier this week, Selanne is breathing down the necks of many greats – which would make another campaign that much more compelling.

Here are the players he’s within shouting distance of, points-wise:

14. Stan Mikita (1,467)
15. Bryan Trottier (1,425)
16. Adam Oates (1,420)
17. Doug Gilmour (1,414)
18. Dale Hawerchuk (1,409)
19. Selanne (1,400)
20. Kurri (1,398)

And from a goal-scoring standpoint:

7. Mark Messier – 694 goals
8. Steve Yzerman – 692
9. Mario Lemieux – 690
10. Luc Robitaille – 668
11. Jaromir Jagr – 664
12. Selanne – 660

Selanne could jump into the top 10 in goal-scoring (Jagr or not) and the top 15 in point scoring if he came back for one more year.

If thousands (if not millions) of fans aren’t enough to convince him, what about his idol?

(Hey, it’s worth a shot.)

Jaromir Jagr stands alone at eighth place all-time in NHL scoring

Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins

When you summarize Jaromir Jagr’s career, Mario Lemieux’s name naturally comes up pretty early on. Now Jagr is right underneath his legendary former teammate in the NHL’s all-time points scoring ranks after producing two points (one goal, one assist) in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 6-3 win against the New York Islanders tonight.

Check out where Jagr ranks on the list of all-time points scorers now:

6. Steve Yzerman – 1,755 points
7. Lemieux – 1,723
8. Jagr – 1,643
9. Joe Sakic – 1,641
10. Phil Esposito – 1,590

For you non-math majors out there, Jagr would need 80 points to tie Lemieux for seventh all-time. The future Hall of Famer has expressed interest in playing at least another season, so that could be an awfully interesting story to watch.

Jagr added a little suspense after tying Sakic on Feb. 21, as he was unable to separate himself in three pointless games. He now has 44 points in 54 games so far this season, which exceeds almost any prediction for his production as he entered the season at 39 years old. (He turned 40 this season.)

Jaromir Jagr is also climbing the ranks – and breathing down the necks of Lemieux and Yzerman – in terms of career goals scored. Another interesting thing to watch will be his close race with the Finnish Flash for active goal-scorers by the time this season is over.

7. Mark Messier – 694 goals
8. Yzerman – 692
9. Lemieux – 690
10. Luc Robitaille – 668
11. Jagr – 663
12. Selanne – 658

No doubt about it, Jagr is really adding to his legacy this season. Yet much like Selanne, his magic hasn’t been relegated to the past alone.

(It kinda makes you wonder where he’d be if he didn’t spend three years in the KHL, though, doesn’t it?)

Red Wings stand alone with 21 consecutive home wins

Dallas Stars v Detroit Red Wings

Nitpickers can quibble about shootout wins all they want, but the Detroit Red Wings’ run of home dominance is now unmatched in NHL history.

Detroit extended its winning streak at Joe Louis Arena to an astounding 21 games, passing the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers in the process. It was a tight game with the Dallas Stars, but the Red Wings pulled out a 3-1 win after taking an early 2-0 lead.

The natural next step is to compare the Red Wings’ run to the best that have occurred in other sports. In case you’re wondering, here are the all-time leaders in the “Big Four.” (H/T to Greg Wyshynski)


1995-96 Chicago Bulls
37 wins


1971-74 Miami Dolphins
27 wins*


1978 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1988 Boston Red Sox
24 wins


2011-12 Red Wings
21 wins (and counting?)

Stay tuned for more on this impressive achievement, including a look at how the Red Wings could make their already-amazing streak that much tougher to top.

* – Beat up those Dolphins teams for drinking champagne whenever the last undefeated NFL team loses if you want, but they had a ridiculous run. Their streak might be the most amazing of all since it was one game short of two full seasons in those days.