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Dvorak, Kovalev hit milestones

Florida Panthers right wing Radek Dvorak celebrates his

Florida Panthers right wing Radek Dvorak celebrates his game winning goal during the third period. (Oct. 23, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Radek Dvorak played only two full seasons and parts of two others for the Rangers, but the immensely likable 33-year-old became the Panthers’ all-time leader in games played on Nov. 12, passing Robert Svehla at 573.

Perhaps not the greatest honor, considering Dvorak was a 19-year-old rookie when Florida had its one moment in the NHL sun, reaching the Stanley Cup final in 1995-96. Still, an impressive honor for a guy who is approaching 1,100 games played, almost all with a smile on his face.

And he did score 31 goals for the Rangers in 2000-01 — one of just eight 30-goal scorers for the Rangers since 2000.

Alex Kovalev won a Cup with the Rangers, and he’s been back for a brief and unimpressive stay in 2003-04. But Kovalev recorded his 1,000th NHL point on Monday, just the third Russian player to do so in the NHL, along with Sergei Fedorov and Alex Mogilny.

Statlines: Czeching line

Dvorak played his 1,073rd game on Friday against the Rangers. He’s fifth all-time in NHL games by a Czech-born player:

1,394 - Stan Mikita
1,314 - Bobby Holik
1,273 - Jaromir Jagr
1,252 - Roman Hamrlik*
1,073 - Radek Dvorak*

* active
 

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