Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr, Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 25.
Personal Award - Hockey Wiretap
David Legwand announced his retirement Thursday, ending a 16-year NHL career that began as the Nashville Predators' first draft pick.
The 36-year-old Legwand had 228 goals and 390 assists in 1,136 career regular-season games with Nashville, Detroit, Ottawa and Buffalo. He's Nashville's career leader in goals (210), assists (356), points (566), game-winning goals (41) and games (956). He had five goals and nine assists in 79 games last season for Buffalo.
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 Panthers let slip away with a 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
"You want to win the hockey game," Jagr said. "The best thing is to put this behind us, and the whole team can now be concerned about winning. ... I've learned that hockey is a team game. Only team victories count. I wish it had happened in the first period, or it was a goal to give us the lead."
The Columbus Blue Jackets made coach John Tortorella sweat a little for his 500th NHL victory.
Columbus squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in the third period before Seth Jones scored 46 seconds into overtime Sunday to lift the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 for their ninth straight win.
Tortorella became the first U.S.-born coach to reach 500 victories, and while he downplayed the accomplishment, Columbus captain Nick Foligno said it was a special moment when he handed the 58-year-old the game puck in the locker room.