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Jaromir Jagr Passes Mario Lemieux for 10th on NHL's All-Time Assists List

New Jersey Devils' Jaromir Jagr, of the Czech Republic, smiles as he skates off the ice after an outdoor hockey practice for the NHL Stadium Series Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Devils take on the New York Rangers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 27, 2014

New Jersey Devils winger Jaromir Jagr picked up two assists at Yankee Stadium on Sunday to pass former teammate Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the NHL's all-time assists list.

Jagr's pair of assists helped the Devils jump out to a 3-2 first-period lead over the New York Rangers in what would eventually be an ugly 7-3 loss for the Devils. In the first NHL game played at Yankee Stadium, Jagr and his teammates were outscored 5-0 after the first period.

Despite the bad loss Sunday, this particular milestone likely carries a special significance for Jagr, who spent seven years playing with Lemieux on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux is the franchise's all-time leader in points, goals, assists and games played, with Jagr holding down second place in each of those categories.

Earlier this season, the 41-year-old Jagr passed Lemieux for ninth place on the NHL's all-time goals list, before also passing Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier to grab sole possession of seventh place. Of course, as Jagr has pointed out in the past, it took Lemieux far fewer games to accomplish similar milestones.

Lemieux recorded 690 goals and 1,033 assists for an astounding 1,723 points in just 915 career games. Jagr, meanwhile, has 697 goals and 1,035 assists for 1,732 points in 1,444 career games. Lemieux retired with 1.88 points per game, while Jagr currently sits at 1.2.

 

 

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