Jackman achieves milestone

Barret Jackman has surpassed some of the biggest names in St. Louis Blues history during his long climb toward the top of the franchise’s games played list throughout his time with the team.

The Blues’ veteran defenseman has passed Al MacInnis, Bob and Barclay Plager, Garry Unger, Brett Hull and now Brian Sutter.

Jackman played in his 780th career game with the Blues on Tuesday night, passing Sutter for second place on the team’s all-time franchise list.

The only player who has appeared in more games with the Note is Hall of Famer Bernie Federko, who played in 927 games over 13 seasons with St. Louis.

Jackman’s latest milestone came on a night he may never forget but during a game he might want to as the visiting Dallas Stars thumped the host Blues 4-1 at Scottrade Center.

“We have to find a way to have better starts and continue to play 60 minutes,” Jackman told reporters. “We did some things in the second and third period that were a little bit better, but by that time it was out of hand and they were in control.”

The 33-year-old Jackman was the Blues’ first-round pick (No. 17 overall) back in 1999 and made his NHL debut during the 2001-02 season in a 5-3 road loss to the Detroit Red Wings on April 14, 2002.

Jackman played 18:56 that night and recorded one shot on goal against Dominik Hasek. It turned out to be just a brief glimpse of what was to come for the young defenseman.

Jackman won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie the following season, in 2002-03, with he recorded 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and a plus-minus rating of plus-23 over 82 games.

The Blues’ blue-liner scored a career-high 27 points in 70 games during the 2006-07 season when he scored three goals and had 24 assists. He recorded a plus-20 rating that season, his third season of being plus-20 or more.

For his career, Jackman has a plus-56 rating to go along with 178 points (27 goals, 151 assists) and 1,020 penalty minutes.

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