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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lemieux, Jagr Have Opponents Seeing 60-60

MIAMI -- Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr became only the second teammates to both score 60 goals in a season when each connected in Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory over Florida.

Jagr also set a record Thursday night for most points by a European player during one National Hockey League season with 140. The old mark was set by fellow Czech Peter Stastny, who scored 139 points for Quebec in the 1981-82 season.

Lemieux got his 64th goal and Jagr scored his 60th.

"I'm happy and stunned," Jagr said. "I never dreamed of scoring 60 goals in a season."

Lemieux and Ron Francis scored powerplay goals 24 seconds apart late in the first period to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead.

Jagr scored what turned out to be the game winner, giving Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead at 13:42 of the second with his 60th goal of the season.

That made Jagr and Lemieux the first teammates to score at least 60 goals in a season since Wayne Gretzky had 73 goals and Jari Kurri had 71 goals for Edmonton in 1984-85.

The Panthers were a dismal 0-for-9 with a man advantage, including coming up empty on a five-minute powerplay in the third period after Penguins defenceman J.J. Daigneault received a major penalty for high-sticking.

"For the five-minute major, we had unbelievable scoring chances on it. The puck just didn't go in. It's frustrating, to say the least," said Panthers coach Doug MacLean.

Added Francis: "Most of the penalty-killers are too tired to talk."

Canadiens 4, Bruins 3, OT. In Boston, Marc Bureau's second goal of the season at 2:07 of overtime lifted the Canadiens. Montreal has won all four meetings between the teams this season and is in fifth place in the NHL Eastern Conference, one point behind No. 4 Florida.

Montreal's Jocelyn Thibault turned away 41 shots.

Devils 4, Blues 4. In St. Louis, Geoff Courtnall scored with 2:06 remaining in the third period for St. Louis. Courtnall scored the second of his two goals on a power play after taking a pass in the slot from Wayne Gretzky, who had a goal and two assists.

Dave Andreychuk scored twice for the Devils.

The Blues, winless in their last five games, lost leading scorer Brett Hull, who left after playing one shift with a pulled leg muscle.

Stars 3, Mighty Ducks 1. In Dallas, the Stars revived their punchless power play on goals by Brent Fedyk and Todd Harvey, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.

The Ducks failed to gain ground on the eighth-place Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference playoff race as Anaheim lost its ninth straight to Dallas. Anaheim, which had gone 6-1-1 in its last eight games entering Thursday, remained four points behind Winnipeg.

Avalanche 8, Sharks 3. In San Jose, California, Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic each scored two goals for Colorado. The loss ended the Sharks' most successful undefeated streak of the season at 2-0-1.

A two-goal flurry in the first minute of the second period gave the Avalanche a three-goal lead. Forsberg scored his second of the night at 37 second from just outside the crease. That was followed by Stephane Yelle, who scored an unassisted goal at 0:51.


Rick Ley was fired Thursday as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, with the general manager, Pat Quinn, taking over behind the bench for the rest of the NHL season.

The move came the morning after another disastrous performance when the Canucks lost 6-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite one of the NHL's highest payrolls, the Canucks have a record of 29-32-15.

Ley, 47, was named head coach in August 1994.