Panthers forward closing in on third all-time

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr moved within one goal of Brett Hull for third place on the NHL all-time list when he scored 2:23 into the third period against the San Jose Sharks at BB&T Center on Thursday.

It was the 740th NHL goal for Jagr.

Wayne Gretzky’s 894 goals are most in NHL history, 93 more than Gordie Howe. Hull had 741.

Jagr has 18 goals in 54 games this season. The 44-year-old made his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 1990, and has played 1,605 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Panthers.

Hull scored his 741 goals in 1,269 games with the Blues, Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes. He last played in the 2005-06 season.

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