Francis Becomes No. 5

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Ron Francis scored twice to become the league's fifth leading scorer as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4-0.

"I heard it put once that it is probably the quietest 1,500-plus points that anybody has ever scored," Francis said. "That's probably true."

"But it doesn't really matter to me what people say about me. As individuals you try to go out there and work as hard as you possibly can and at the end of the day you can look in the mirror and know that you're tried your best and given everything you have. That's when you have to be satisfied. That's all I've ever been concerned with."

Francis has never gained the attention he deserves during his 20-year NHL career. His 1,591 points moved him past legendary Phil Esposito to the fifth place in the NHL all-time scoring list.

"Itís always nice to get it done and over with," said Francis. "Growing up, Esposito was a guy I looked up to. He was from my hometown (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and was a great hockey player, and to pass him has been a great honor."

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