Jaromir Jagr ties Gordie Howe for 3rd on NHL's all-time points list

Jaromir Jagr drew an assist on Florida's first goal in Thursday night's 3-2 loss at Colorado to tie Gordie Howe for third all-time in points with 1,850. Jagr, in his 22nd season, ranks third in goals with 743 and his 1,107 assists are sixth.

Panthers veteran earned assist in 3-2 loss to Colorado

Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard stops a shot off the stick of Panthers right-winger Jaromir Jagr in Thursday night's NHL game in Colorado. Jagr drew an assist on Florida's first goal for his 1,850th NHL point, tying him with Gordie Howe for third on the all-time list. Jagr's memorable night was bittersweet as the Panthers lost 3-2. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

JaromirJagr got his historic assist in the Florida Panthers' 3-2 loss at Colorado on Thursday night.

The 44-year-old right-winger had an assist on Florida's first goal to tie Gordie Howe for third all-time in points with 1,850. Jagr, in his 22nd season, ranks third in goals with 743 and his 1,107 assists are sixth.

Jags finds a way to get his points and he played a pretty solid game.- Panthers coach Gerard Gallant on Jagr notching his 1,850th NHL point in 3-2 loss to Colorado

He is 37 points behind Mark Messier for second.

"Jags finds a way to get his points and he played a pretty solid game," Florida head coach Gerard Gallant told reporters.

Jagr got the historic point with the second assist on Erik Gudbranson's goal at 9:42 of the first that tied the game 1-1. Gabriel Landeskog had given Colorado the early lead with a power-play goal at 5:45.

Jagr nearly set up a tying goal early in the third period that would have moved him past Howe. He finished with four shots, three of which came in the third period

"It doesn't matter," he said. "We put ourselves in a hole, just pushing in the door, but the door closed."

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