Assist lifts Francis past Dionne

Originally Published: January 8, 2004
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes captain Ron Francis passed Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the NHL career points list with an assist in the second period against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Francis' eighth assist of the season gave him 1,772 points in his 23rd season.

The longtime center had the lone assist on Josef Vasicek's second goal of the period, 11:58 in.

The Canes went on to win 3-2.

Francis' 1,230 assists are second only to Wayne Gretzky's 1,963.

Francis, 40, has played 16 seasons with the Hurricanes organization and seven with Pittsburgh, winning two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in the early 1990s.

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