Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr tied Gordie Howe for third place in all-time NHL points with a first-period assist against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday.

Jagr has 1,850 points, equal to Howe and trailing Mark Messier (1,887) and Wayne Gretzky (2,857).

“I always said if you want to be a good hockey player, you’ve got to know the history of hockey,” Jagr said Thursday. “You’ve got to appreciate those guys who were stars before you came in the League. I had a chance to meet almost everybody in the top 10 (in scoring), and I respect them so much.”

“Some guys I played (with), some guys I played against a lot. Some guys I just met or watched them from the highlights, like Gordie or Phil Esposito. Those guys I didn’t have a chance to play against, but I watched them, and you’ve got to respect those guys and you’ve got to know the history to be a good player.”

Jagr assisted on a power-play goal by Erik Gudbranson at 9:42.

Jagr’s 743 NHL goals are third all-time. Gretzky’s 894 goals are most in League history; Howe scored 801.

“It seems like every second night he’s breaking a record,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. “It’s been great for our organization and great for our young players.”

Jagr has 21 goals and 48 points in 61 games this season. The 44-year-old made his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 1990, and has played 1,611 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Panthers.

Howe played 1,687 games with the Detroit Red Wings and 80 in one season with the Hartford Whalers (1979-80). He played six seasons in the World Hockey Association.

Jagr missed three NHL seasons playing in the Kontinental Hockey League from 2008-11.


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