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Devils' Jagr ties Lemieux on all-time points list

Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 12:09 AM / News

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Devils' Jagr ties Lemieux on all-time points list
New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr assisted on a first-period goal to tie former Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux for seventh place on the NHL all-time points list.

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr assisted on a goal in the first period on Tuesday to tie former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux for seventh place on the NHL all-time point list.

Jagr assisted on a goal by Adam Henrique 57 seconds into the game to tie Lemieux with 1,723 points. Steve Yzerman is sixth on the list with 1,755.

But he was in no mood to talk about individual accomplishments after the Devils' 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center.

"We don't learn," he said after New Jersey lost its third consecutive game. "We keep doing the same mistakes over and over and over. It happened to us against Columbus [in a 2-1 shootout loss] and other games too. When you have those points that might be the difference between playoffs and no playoffs, you have to take advantage."

Jagr, 41, has scored 1,723 points in 1,435 regular-season games. Lemieux, Jagr's teammate though most of his first 11 NHL seasons, needed 915 games.

Jagr's next goal will be the 695th of his career, which would move him into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time goal list ahead of Mark Messier (694). Jagr has been held without a goal in seven straight games.

Jagr also has four game-winning goals this season, moving past Gordie Howe into first place all-time with No. 122 against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 18. He is also first in NHL history with 18 overtime goals, including one this season, his first with the Devils. He leads the team in assists (22), points (35), plus-minus (plus-12) and is second on the team in goals (13) through 44 games.

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