Panthers acquire veteran Jagr

– The Florida Panthers acquired Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for a second-round pick in June and either Florida or Minnesota's third-round pick in 2016. The 43-year-old Jagr had 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games this season for New Jersey.

"We're headed in the right direction," said Florida General Manager Dale Tallon, whose team entered Thursday two points from the eighth and final playoff spot in the East race. "I'm excited about him coming here and just spending some time with him and watching him play."

Jagr is sixth in NHL history with 716 goals, seventh with 1,068 assists and fifth with 1,784 points in 1,530 career regular-season games in 22 seasons. The Czech star also has 78 goals and 121 assists in 202 playoff games.

Jagr's playing time in New Jersey had been cut recently and he has gone eight games without a point.

Tallon isn't worried.

"Still outstanding," Tallon said. "Great to watch."

HIGHLIGHTS

•RANGERS STAY HOT: Lee Stempniak broke a tie with 2:14 left, scoring his second goal of the game, and Chris Kreider also scored twice to lift New York to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over visiting Arizona. The win was the Rangers' fourth in a row and 11th in 14 games (11-1-2).

•SENATORS END KINGS' STREAK: Andrew Hammond made 35 saves to earn his second straight shutout in his fourth career start, and visiting Ottawa snapped Los Angeles' eight-game winning streak, 1-0. Mike Hoffman scored early in the third period for the Senators.

•BLACKHAWKS SHUT OUT PANTHERS: Corey Crawford earned his second shutout of the season in Chicago's 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers. Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen scored goals before Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter with 46.8 seconds left.

•BLUES WIN IN SHOOTOUT: Alexander Steen notched the winning goal in the shootout to lift St. Louis to a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg. Patrik Berglund had St. Louis' score in regulation.

•WINGS RALLY FOR WIN: Pavel Datsyuk and Luke Glendening scored third-period goals as visiting Detroit defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2.

•CANADIENS WIN AGAIN: Carey Price made 25 saves and P.K Subban had a goal and two assists as Montreal defeated Columbus 5-2.

•LEAFS STOP FLYERS: Jonathan Bernier made 47 saves and Toronto earned a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

•SABRES ROUT CANUCKS: Torrey Mitchell scored two goals as Buffalo defeated Vancouver 6-3 in Buffalo.

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