Jaromir Jagr is on the cusp of another milestone in his Hall of Fame career.
He looks to become the second player this season and 12th in NHL history to reach 1,500 points, and the New York Rangers will try to build off one of their best games of the season as they meet the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Jagr had a goal and assist for his first multipoint game in exactly a month during New York's 5-0 rout of Tampa Bay on Friday. The fifth overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990 now has 612 goals and 886 assists in his 16-season career.
Washington (23-25-8) also was the opponent the last time a player scored his 1,500th career point. Colorado's Joe Sakic reached the milestone on Oct. 25 in a 5-3 home loss to the Capitals.
While recording their most decisive home win of the season, the Rangers (26-24-5) got several unexpected offensive contributions. Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg each scored their first career goals, and Sean Avery added his first since being acquired in a trade from Los Angeles earlier in the week.
Orr and Hollweg are better known for their physical play - they combined for 35 penalty minutes Friday and 173 this season.
"Those guys are symbolic of what we've wanted to be here from the get-go," Rangers coach Tom Renney said of Orr and Hollweg. "They were able to respond to that challenge and offer up what is required. I think the rest of their teammates love them for it."
Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for his fourth career shutout as the Rangers moved within five points of the Lightning for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
New York is expected to have Pascal Dupuis in the lineup after acquiring him Friday from Minnesota for Adam Hall in a swap of forwards. Dupuis had 10 goals, including two short-handed, and only three assists in 48 games with the Wild.
The Rangers have won two of the three meetings with the Capitals this season, but lost their only visit to the Verizon Center, falling 3-1 on Nov. 11. Washington is 8-0-2 in its last 10 home games against New York since March 9, 2001.
After keeping league goal-scoring leader Vincent Lecavalier in check, the Rangers will have to contend with Alexander Ovechkin. The reigning rookie of the year has three goals and four assists in seven career games against New York, with all three goals coming at home.
Washington is looking for its first regulation win in February. The Capitals are 2-2-1 this month, having beaten the New York Islanders in a shootout on Sunday before defeating Los Angeles 4-3 in overtime on Thursday on Dainius Zubrus' goal 2:28 into the extra period.
With the win, the Capitals have 54 points - three fewer than the Rangers and eight less than division rival Tampa Bay for the final playoff spot in the East.
"Nothing against this team, but that's the (kind of) teams we have to beat for sure, to make that push," Zubrus said. "We're going to have to do it on the road, but at home we have to take care of them."
Zubrus needs one goal to be the fourth 20-goal scorer on the Caps, joining Ovechkin (33), Alexander Semin (29) and Chris Clark (23).