When the Panthers’ Tuesday game against the Buffalo Sabres began, Jaromir Jagr was three points back of tying Mark Messier for second all-time on the scoring list.
By the end of the first frame, he was two points back. When the end of the second came, Jagr was just one point away from matching Messier. And with less than four minutes left in the third frame, Jagr stripped the puck from Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, spun the puck over to Aleksander Barkov, who then made a cross-ice feed to Nick Bjugstad.
The goal was significant for Bjugstad in that it was his first tally of the season, but it was much, much more important for Jagr, who now sits alongside Messier with 1,887 career points.
According to Sportsnet, Jagr is the oldest of the three players atop the all-time scoring list to reach the mark, having made it to 1,887 points at the age of 44 years and 309 days. Messier, by comparison, made it to 1,887 at 43 years and 73 days, while Gretzky blew both out of the water by reaching the mark at 28 and 304 days.
That said, Gretzky and Messier didn’t split from the league for three years during what could have been some seriously productive years, which Jagr did during his three-year stay in the KHL with Avangard Omsk. Jagr also lost what could have been one of the best years of his career to the lockout in 2004-05. During the 2005-06 season, he scored 54 goals and 123 points in 82 games, which is the second-highest point total any player has managed in the post-lockout era.
And even though Jagr is the oldest player to reach the mark, he actually managed to score his 1,887th point in 94 fewer games than it took Messier.
Jagr is now a single goal or assist from being the lone player behind Wayne Gretzky on the all-time scoring list, though it’s unlikely we’ll ever see the day Jagr matches ‘The Great One,’ who tops the list with 2,857 points. Well, that is unless the ageless Panthers winger somehow busts out a 900-point campaign in the next few years, but it’s safe to bet against that.
The next milestone Jagr could realistically reach would be his 2,000th point. He’s on pace for another 28 points this season, which would put him only 85 shy of reaching the milestone come the 2017-18 season. If he can manage to stick around for two — or maybe even three — more seasons, Jagr could become the second play in NHL history to reach the 2,000-point mark.
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