Rangers celebrate 25-year anniversary of 1994 championship
NEW YORK (AP) — From the moment Mark Messier came to the New York Rangers in 1991, he knew he was expected to lead the team to its first Stanley Cup championship in more than 50 years.
"There was no escaping the pressure of 1940," Messier said about the last year the Rangers had won the Cup. "Coming here and understanding what the Original Six franchise was and this history, there was no escaping it. The pressure was real, from the fans, the organization."
McDavid scores twice as Oilers top Coyotes 3-1 to stop skid
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Wins have been hard to come by for the Edmonton Oilers lately, but Connor McDavid keeps piling up points.
McDavid scored two goals and assisted on another to help the Oilers end a six-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
"We've been a streaky team all year," McDavid said. "We've been doing well offensively. That's what I've been looking for. We just need to find a way to get on a run."
Star Tribunes Three Stars
1. Ryan Suter, Wild: He scored a goal, had two assists and blocked three shots.
Wayne Gretzky to present Hart Trophy at NHL Awards
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wayne Gretzky will present the Hart Trophy as MVP to Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby or Sergei Bobrovsky to cap the NHL's awards show.
If McDavid wins, it would be a memorable moment as nine-time winner Gretzky presents the 20-year-old Oilers star with the trophy.
McDavid, Crosby and San Jose's Brent Burns also are up for the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player as voted by peers. Lindsay and fellow Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier will present.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year. He's bringing another MVP trophy, too.
Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team in nearly two decades to repeat as champion with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A good night's sleep has P.K. Subban more confident than ever about what the Nashville Predators will do on their own ice trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final.
He delivered an All-Star guarantee for Saturday night.
"There's no question," Subban said Thursday. "We're going to win the next game, and then we'll move forward."
Foligno, Getzlaf, Giordano are Messier finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Columbus left wing Nick Foligno, Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf and Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano are the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.
Hall of Famer Messier selected the finalists announced Thursday. The winner will be announced June 21 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
Jagr scores 756th career goal as Panthers beat Stars 3-1
DALLAS (AP) — Jaromir Jagr offered a brief wave to the Dallas crowd during a video tribute to Florida's 44-year-old forward in the first period.
Then the No. 2 scorer in NHL history finished off a quick start that helped the Panthers end a four-game losing streak.
Jagr scored his 756th career goal and had an assist and the Panthers stopped Dallas' season-best three-game winning streak with a 3-1 win in the Stars' traditional New Year's Eve home game Saturday night.
Jagr scores 756th career goal as Panthers beat Stars 3-1
DALLAS (AP) — Jaromir Jagr scored his 756th career goal and had an assist, helping the Florida Panthers end a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Jagr, who passed Mark Messier for second on the career scoring list last week, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead less than 17 minutes in. His seventh goal of the season chased goalie Antti Niemi as the Stars' season-best three-game winning streak ended.
Jaromir Jagr breaks tie for No. 2, Panthers fall to Bruins
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jaromir Jagr broke a tie with Mark Messier for No. 2 on the NHL career points list. Afterward, he was upset about the two standings points the Florida Panthers let slip away with a 3-1 loss to Boston.
He’s No. 2: Jagr moves into second on NHL points list
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr has moved into outright No. 2 spot on the NHL career scoring list.
Jagr got career point No. 1,888 on Thursday night, breaking a tie with Mark Messier. The historic point was an assist with 6:40 left in the third period of Florida's 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
"I appreciate everything ... over my hockey career, and I thank the fans," Jagr said in a brief ceremony during which he was given a golden stick.
Jagr on Gretzky: ‘I don’t think he was from this planet’
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jaromir Jagr knows No. 2 is as high as he'll go on the NHL career scoring list.
Jagr ties for 2nd in career points, Panthers beat Sabres
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jaromir Jagr isn't even thinking about retiring.
Jagr had three assists to pull into a tie for second place on the NHL's career points list, Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck scored in the shootout, and the Florida Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Jagr pulled even with Mark Messier with 1,887 points, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (2,857). Jagr received a long ovation from the fans after tying Messier and acknowledged the crowd.
Jaromir Jagr poised to pass Mark Messier on NHL points list
TORONTO (AP) — Jaromir Jagr has impressed NHL great Mark Messier for more than a quarter of a century.
"When (Jagr) came into Pittsburgh he dazzled us with his power and his skill and his overall game," Messier said. "Later on in his career he's kind of inspired us with his passion and dedication. He's played long enough to understand what the game means to him as a person and as a player."
NEW YORK – This is how the Rangers’ opponents must have felt last October and November, when they were outplaying the Rangers almost nightly while the Rangers started 16-3-2.