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Panthers' Jagr moves past Dionne on NHL goals list

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Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 732nd NHL goal Sunday to move past Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the League's all-time list.

Jagr scored a power-play goal with 11.5 seconds remaining in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at BB&T Center. He took a cross-ice pass from Aleksander Barkov and one-timed the puck past Canucks goalie Ryan Miller at the side of the net.

"That goal was sweet and the win was even sweeter," Jagr told the Panthers website after the game. "I've played with a lot of great players. That's what makes it a lot easier for me. I started in Pittsburgh with great players and hopefully I'll finish here with great players."

Panthers coach Gerard Gallant has been impressed with Jagr's play.

"Jags is playing real well for us," Gallant said. "It seems like he's breaking a record every night when he scores a goal or gets an assist or gets a point."

Jagr tied Dionne with No. 731 on Dec. 10 against the Washington Capitals, but failed to score his next three games. He did not play last Tuesday at the New York Islanders because he had the flu.

"Every record looks like there's a big karma around it and it's tough to break it," Jagr said after tying Dionne. "It's not the first time that I was stuck on a number. It's always like that. The great players, there's great charisma and great karma around it ... it's like a huge wall."

Dionne was third on the list from February 1988 until he was passed by Brett Hull in December 2003. Dionne said he knew someone eventually would pass him again.

"Of course," Dionne told FOX Sports West on Saturday. "That's the way it is. ... I passed a lot of guys over the years, and I never thought when I passed somebody in scoring it was a great thing. It's about respect. Game's changed, there were different times ... I had a Jagr hockey jersey when he was in Pittsburgh, and I still have it, autographed by him."

Jagr has 10 goals this season. The 43-year-old is nine goals behind Hull for third place. Wayne Gretzky's 894 goals are most in NHL history, 93 more than Gordie Howe.

"And it's one thing to say he (Jagr) wants to play like until he's 50 years old -- I mean there's other things after hockey, right? -- but now the challenge is never mind me, he's got to try to get Brett Hull," Dionne said. "If he doesn't get him this year, that could be it (laughs). So Brett's going to have to worry about it."

Jagr is fourth with 1,826 points, behind Howe (1,850), Mark Messier (1,887) and Gretzky (2,857).

Jagr made his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 1990, and has played 1,579 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, Devils and Panthers.

Dionne scored his 731 goals in 1,348 games with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Rangers. He last played in the 1988-89 season.

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

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