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NHL Scores: Jagr keeps reaching milestones; Penguins win again

Jaromir Jagr keeps setting records and climbing the NHL's all-time leaderboards. The Penguins keep winning with their backups.

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Jaromir Jagr continued his assault on the NHL record book on Tuesday night, adding his team-leading 12th goal of the season in the Devils' 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

It was a historic goal in a number of ways.

For one, it was the 693rd goal of his career, moving him past Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman for sole possession of seventh place on the all-time list, just one goal behind Mark Messier.

It was also the game-winning goal for New Jersey and the 122nd such goal of his career, breaking the all-time record set by Gordie Howe. If that sounds familiar, it's because everybody thought he had already broken that record earlier this season until it was revealed that the NHL's record book only went back as far as the 1967 season. Howe still held the record. Until Tuesday.

In the other game, Pittsburgh did it again, winning for the 10th time in its past 11 games despite being without five of their top-six defensemen, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. They allowed a two-goal third period lead to slip away, but thanks to Brandon Sutter's shootout goal the Penguins were able to still get the 4-3 win and extend their lead in the Metropolitan Division. They are now 12 points ahead of the second place Washington Capitals.

All the NHL Scores

Devils 5, Senators 2

Penguins 4, Rangers 3

Five Questions

On Wednesday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.

1. Can Pittsburgh's young defense continue its success against the Rangers?

For the most part, yes. The young, inexperienced group once again held its own and helped the Penguins pick up yet another win. There were some breakdowns at times (like when Carl Hagelin skated past everybody), and they did allow the Rangers to overcome a two-goal deficit to force overtime in the third period, but Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't without blame on those goals. Fortunately for the Penguins Fleury was a rock in the shootout, as he usually is.

2. Will the Rangers win in regulation?

No. They did fight back to at least earn a point to avoid losing in regulation, but their shootout loss drops them to 1-3-2 on their current nine-game home stand, earning just four of a possible 12 points. That's not going to get it done.

3. Will Henrik Lundqvist allow fewer than three goals?

For the fifth straight game Lundqvist was on the hook for at least three goals, but as is usually the case, it wasn't all his doing. One of the goals was the result of a defensive breakdown on a penalty kill that allowed the Penguins to keep attacking around the net. The second was some beautiful passing by the top line of Sidney Crosby-Chris Kunitz-and Pascal Dupuis. The third goal was a beautiful individual effort from Brandon Sutter, combined with a pretty bad individual effort by Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto.

4. Can the NHL go one night without somebody getting ejected or doing something that warrants a suspension?

Good news! Nobody was ejected on Wednesday, and there didn't seem to be anything that should warrant a suspension. Well done, everybody. The system works. Until the next time it doesn't work.

5. How will Bobby Ryan do against the Devils?

He was pretty much a non-factor, as were most of the Senators. He played 14:35 and did not record a point or a single shot on goal.

Impact Moment

The one play or moment from Wednesday that will be making headlines over the next couple of days.

It didn't involve any of the teams playing on Wednesday, but the Wild placing goaltender Josh Harding on injured reserve is a pretty big deal. General manager Chuck Fletcher said it's so he can make adjustments in his treatment and that he will be back on Dec. 27. Harding was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in September of 2012. He's been one of the best goaltenders in the NHL this season and has been one of the best individual stories in all of sports.

In games that did take place on Wednesday, with his two assists Sidney Crosby extended his lead in the scoring race to three points over Chicago's Patrick Kane, and continued to his part to help carry the injury and suspension-depleted Penguins roster.

Stat of the Night

Adam Henrique assisted on Stephen Gionta's shorthanded goal to open the scoring for New Jersey on Wednesday, and that's nothing out of the ordinary for the Devils' third-year forward. Since entering the NHL, Henrique has now been on the ice for 14 shorthanded goals. By comparison, the Devils have only allowed 24 power-play goals with him on the ice. He's one of the most dangerous players in the NHL on the PK, and he's able to do it without being reckless the other way. Solid player.

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