Mark Messier Moves Into Third Place on NHL's All-Time Points List
/ New York Rangers
During the Rangers 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals on March 19 at The Garden, Blueshirt Captain Mark Messier surpassed Marcel Dionne to move into sole possession of third place on the NHL's all-time point-scoring list (1772). Only Hall-of-Famers Wayne Gretzky (2857) and Gordie Howe (1850) place ahead of the 40-year old Rangers center.
Messier opened the scoring with his milestone goal at 5:45 of the first period on an assist from Radek Dvorak. The shorthanded tally was The Captain's 650th NHL goal of his spectacular 22-year NHL career and his 23rd of the 2000-2001 season. He also added an assist on Dvorak's shorthanded goal at 10:12 of the second period to increase the Blueshirt's lead over the Caps to 5-2.
"It's surprising to me to see where I am," noted Messier following his record-setting performance. "I think, coming into the league after scoring one goal in my first year in the W.H.A., I never really considered myself a pure goal scorer or a real point-getter. But obviously it's the longevity that has enabled me to be in this position. When I look at it myself, though, I'm still trying to figure out how I'm sitting there (in the top three)."
The milestone came just two days after "Mess" passed Alex Delvecchio for fourth place on the NHL's all-time games played list (1550).