Jaromir Jagr ties Messier for second on NHL all-time scoring list

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There is now only one player in the history of the NHL that has recorded more points than Jaromir Jagr.

Thanks to his three assists on Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, Jagr was able to move into a tie with Mark Messier for second place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1,887 points.

He will have a chance to move ahead of Messier on Thursday night against the Boston Bruins.

Along with tying Messier, Jagr’s three assists were pretty important for the Panthers because they helped them avoid what would have been a crushing loss after allowing a two-goal lead to slip away.

The Panthers ended up winning the game in a shootout, 4-3.

This is the assist that moved Jagr into a tie for the second spot as he helped set up Nick Bjugstad for his first goal of the season to tie the game late in the third period.

Jagr’s career point total is pretty astonishing for several reasons. The first is simply the fact that 1,887 points is an enormous number.

But when you consider Jagr played the bulk of his career — especially his prime years — in what was perhaps the worst scoring era in NHL history, and then missed what amounted to five full seasons due to lockouts (two half seasons and a full season) and a three year run in the KHL (when he was still a 70-80 point player in the NHL) it is just a mind-boggling accomplishment.

Jagr is third on the NHL’s all-time goal scoring list with 755 — 46 goals behind Gordie Howe. Wayne Gretzky is first on the list with 894.

He is still 970 points behind Gretzky for the top on the all-time points list.

Jagr has won five scoring titles, two Stanley Cups and an MVP award in his career.

He has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers in his career.

At 44, he is the oldest player in the NHL this season by several years. He turns 45 in February.