Thursday, December 22, 2016

Jagr Passes Messier In Points As Panthers Lose

     Jaromir Jagr passed Mark Messier for second place all-time with his 1,888th point as the Florida Panthers lost to the Boston Bruins 3-1 at BB&T Center on Thursday night. It was the second game of the five-game homestand for Florida(15-14-5) who had a chance to tie the Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division.
     There was no scoring until early in the second period by Boston(18-14-3) as Frank Vatrano put in his first tally of the year. Torey Krug had the puck on the left point and placed a lead pass to Vatrano in the high slot. He snapped a shot from the slot area by James Reimer at 2:09.
     The Bruins, who improved to 12-2-1 in their last 15 games in Sunrise, increased their margin to 2-0 at the 5:13 mark. Krug made a pass from the right wing to the middle and Patrice Bergeron blasted a one-timer from the high slot. The B's outshot the Panthers 16-5 during the second period.
      Jagr would get the milestone point with 6:40 left in the third period. Michael Matheson fired a slapshot from the left point which bounced off Jagr at the top of the crease. Aleksander Barkov skated through the low right circle and put in a shot past Tuukka Rask.
     Boston put the contest away with 1;23 remaining in the third to make it 3-1. Brad Marchand made a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone to David Backes and he put in a tally into an empty net.

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