JAGR REACHES 1,900-POINT MILESTONE ON 45TH BIRTHDAY …
Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr had an assist while celebrating his 45th birthday to become the second player with 1,900 NHL points (759-1,141-1,900), joining Wayne Gretzky (894-1,963-2,857).
* Jagr, who has two goals and five assists in eight games on his birthday, became the third skater to play an NHL game after turning 45, joining Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios. Goaltenders Johnny Bower and Moe Roberts also played in the NHL past age 45.
Video: FLA@SJS: Jagr gets 1,900th NHL point on 45th birthday
... HUBERDEAU HELPS PANTHERS OUTLAST SHARKS
The Panthers surrendered leads of 3-1 and 5-3, but Jonathan Huberdeau (1-1-2) scored at 1:38 of overtime to lift them to a 6-5 victory against the San Jose Sharks, their fifth win in their past six games.
* At 25-20-10 (60 points), the Panthers climbed within three points of the idle Toronto Maple Leafs (26-19-11, 63 points) for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers have a game in hand.
* Huberdeau has at least one point in all four games since making his season debut Feb. 3. He has three goals, including two game-winners, and four assists. His goal against San Jose was his first NHL overtime goal.
* Aleksander Barkov (2-1-3) and Nick Bjugstad (2-0-2) each scored twice for the Panthers, who have 13 goals in winning their past two games. Barkov, who has scored in three straight games (4-1-5), is tied for second on the Panthers with 13-20-33 this season despite playing 40 games.
Video: Jagr tallies 1,900th point in electrifying 6-5 OT win
Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 5, Toronto 2
St. Louis 2, DETROIT 0
CALGARY 3, Philadelphia 1
Florida 6, SAN JOSE 5 (OT)
DID YOU KNOW?
The game between the Panthers and Sharks on Wednesday was the 41st this season (in 845 games) in which the teams combined for at least 10 goals. The previous season with more such games was 2010-11, when 53 of 1,230 games featured 10 or more goals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
BLUES SWEEP FIVE-GAME ROAD TRIP FOR FIRST TIME
Carter Hutton made 25 saves for his second straight shutout and Ivan Barbashev scored what stood as the game-winning goal just 2:06 after the opening faceoff as the St. Louis Blues completed their first-ever sweep of a five-game road trip.
* The Blues (30-22-5, 65 points), who share the NHL lead in wins (six) and points (12) in February, have three shutouts in their past five games and occupy the No. 3 seed in the Central Division, three points ahead of the Predators (27-21-8, 62 points).
* Hutton, who has three shutouts in his past four games, is 9-7-2 with a 2.52 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and four shutouts in 24 games. He had four shutouts in his first 76 NHL games.
Video: Hutton makes 25 saves to lead Blues to shutout win
BLUE JACKETS REGISTER 20TH HOME WIN OF THE SEASON
Five skaters scored to help the Columbus Blue Jackets improve to 36-15-5 (77 points) this season and move back into a tie, in terms of points, for second place in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference.
* With the victory, Columbus eclipsed its point total from 2015-16 campaign (34-40-8, 76 points), aided by a 20-8-1 mark at home this season.
* Elias notes that the Blue Jackets, who had 20th home win in their 29th game at Nationwide Arena, required the fewest home games to hit 20 home wins in their 17-year history. The previous mark of 32 games was set in 2008-09 (20-10-2, 42 points), when they won a Blue Jackets record 25 home games.
Video: Jackets' offense scores five in dominant home win
Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist as the Flames improved to 5-2-0 in their past seven games. … Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (1-1-2) scored his 25th goal of 2016-17 to become the first defenseman since Al MacInnis (1989-90 and 1990-91) to reach the 25-goal mark in consecutive seasons (2015-16: 27 G). Burns is tied for second in the NHL with 25-36-61 this season. … Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (2-2-4) reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in 11 NHL seasons, while Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno hit the 20-goal mark for the second time (also 2014-15, 31 G). … The NHL announced details for The PreGame, the official tailgate party of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. … Members of the Ottawa Senators recently hosted several guests as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month. … Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist was suspended for six games for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon. … The Los Angeles Kings traded defenseman Tom Gilbert to the Washington Capitals for future considerations. … The Montreal Canadiens signed recently-hired head coach Claude Julien to a five-year contract. … The Red Wings honored late owner Mike Ilitch in a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena and debuted commemorative patches in his honor.
Video: Teams around the NHL honor Mike Ilitch
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., TVA Sports, MSG+ 2, MSG, NHL.TV
Ottawa @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV
Winnipeg @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ROOT, TSN3, NHL.TV
Colorado @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, NHL.TV
Vancouver @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., SN, SN360, FS-MW, NHL.TV
Dallas @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW, NHL.TV
Philadelphia @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, CSN-PH, NHL.TV
Arizona @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, FS-A, NHL.TV
CROSBY AIMS FOR 1,000TH NHL POINT WHEN PENGUINS HOST JETS
Sidney Crosby (368-631-999), who leads the League with 30 goals, aims to become the 86th NHL player, and eighth active, to reach the 1,000-point milestone when the Pittsburgh Penguins (35-13-7, 77 points) host Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets (26-29-4, 56 points) at PPG Paints Arena. Laine, who is second among rookies with 26 goals, scored three times against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday to become the first NHL player ever with three hat tricks before his 19th birthday.