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.

Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.

Maple Leafs sign defenseman Rasmus Sandin to 2-year deal

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TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.

The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.

“Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”

The signing comes as the Leafs’ blueliners been hit hard by injuries. Muzzin has been dealing with a back issue, and Timothy Liljegren recently had surgery for a hernia.

Toronto then lost Jamie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) in Wednesday’s 3-0 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens, pressing forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot into defensive roles for two periods.