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Jagr now one point from tying Howe

Scoring change gives Panthers forward 1,849 points; can tie Howe Thursday @NHL

An official scoring change Wednesday has credited Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr with an assist from a game Feb. 27 and moved him one point from tying Gordie Howe for third place on the NHL all-time points list.

Jagr has 1,849 points, one behind Howe (1,850). His first chance to tie Howe will come Thursday when the Panthers play at Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center (9 p.m. ET; FS-F, ALT, NHL.TV).

During the second period of the Panthers' game Feb. 27 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jagr was credited with an assist on Vincent Trocheck's goal at 10:28 of the second period.

On Tuesday, Jagr scored the game-winning goal in Florida's 3-2 victory at the Winnipeg Jets. That goal, the 743rd of his NHL career, came at 3:31 of the third period and extended his NHL record of game-winners to 133.

Jagr had scored his 742nd NHL goal Feb. 20 to pass Brett Hull for third place on that all-time list.

Video: FLA@WPG: Jagr puts Panthers on top with goal in 3rd

"It's ridiculous, honestly," Panthers forward Reilly Smith told the Associated Press when asked what it's like playing with Jagr. "You've kind of got to think twice just because you don't want to squander the moments you have with pretty much a living legend, right? He's done a great job for our team this year."

Jagr has 21 goals and 47 points in 60 games this season. The 44-year-old made his NHL debut Oct. 5, 1990 and has played 1,610 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Panthers. He's 10th all-time in games played, two behind ninth-place Ray Bourque (1,612).

Jagr trails Howe, Mark Messier (1,887) and Gretzky (2,857) in points.

Gretzky's 894 goals are most in NHL history, 93 more than Howe.

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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