SUNRISE–Buffalo (8-8-0-16) held off a late Panthers rally to secure a 3-2 victory and ahead of Florida (6-7-3-15) in the Atlantic Division. Linus Ullmark stopped 36 of 38 shots, none bigger than one that bounced off his mask during a mad scramble in front of the net in the final half minute. Roberto Luongo stopped 16 of 19 shots in the loss. Scoring for the Sabres was Brian Gionta, Cody Franson and Sam Reinhart. For the Panthers, Jonathon Huberdeau scored a goal on the powerplay, his first of the season, while Vincent Trocheck caught Panthers leading scorer Jaromir Jagr with his seventh. Highlights of Thursday night’s game with Buffalo:
A couple milestone moments for Jagr in the game. He played in career game 1564, tying Nicklas Lidstrom for 10th all-time. Jagr assisted on the Huberdeau goal. It was Jagr’s 588th career power play point breaking a tie with Teemu Selanne. Next is Lidstrom at 590 (second all-time). It was Jagr’s 1085 career assist and 1815th point. Also of note, during the game Jagr moved to line with Vincent Trocheck and Jussi Jokinen as chemistry with Nick Bjugsted just wasn’t there and hasn’t been for some time. We may see more of the trio until Alexsander Barkov returns to the lineup. (Barkov took shots while skating with team today, three weeks to the day from his injuring his hand against Chicago. No return date has been set).
Atlantic Division standings:
Montreal 13-2-2-28 Canadiens running away, SOL at Pens Wednesday
Ottawa 8-5-3-19 Senators sneak past idle RedWings
Tampa Bay 8-8-2-18 play Florida Saturday (home) and Monday (away)
Detroit 8-6-1-17 Idle wings slide to fourth
Buffalo 8-8-0-16 Passes FLA and BOS with win over Panthers Thursday
Boston 7-7-1-15 Bruins scoring second in conference, defense porous
PANTHERS 6-7-3-15 FLA rally falls short in final minute.
Toronto 4-8-4-12 Toronto finally wins in overtime
Good seats remain for Florida Panthers games at: http://www.floridapanthers.com
Assorted Jagr-related links:
Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide
Florida Panthers Team website: http://www.floridapanthers.com
Some Jagr-related social media accounts:
@68Jagr This is the real site, the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare.
The two best Jagr facebook pages are: https://www.facebook.com/68Jagr/ This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all.
Another good facebook page is one produced by someone in the Czech Republic. It has more than 100,000 likes. This is not the official page, but it is very good.
@FlaPanthers and @FLAPanthersPR The official twitter accounts for news about the team.
@dougielarge Doug Cifu, few owners in sports relate to the fans as much as this man who interacts with fans and media on twitter.
@goldieonice — Steve Goldstein, TV play-by-play of the Panthers. Brings all those exciting highlights to life.
@DenisPotvinFox — NHL Hall of Famer Denis Potvin works along side Goldstein in the booth.
@HeyRedDeer color man Randy Moller who left the radio booth to help Goldstein and Potvin on TV.
@GeorgeRichards Panthers beat writer for the Miami Herald.
@HFialkov Panthers beat writer for the Sun Sentinel
@AntwanStaley Includes Panthers coverage in his all sports all the time reports
@Cats0ntheprowl twitter for Cats On the Prowl, offering detailed reviews of Panthers games and more.
@SunshineSkate twitter for The Sunshine Skate, another blog with special emphasis on advanced stats and charts that will make you dizzy.
@Zdenek_Janda US-based Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic.
@Jsmidcro Jan Smid was a US-based Czech reporter who collaborated on “Jagr”, an autobiography in the late 90’s detailing Jagr’s early life and career in the NHL.
Quant Hockey: Career stats updated game by game by a hockey lover in Europe. Site enables you to find career leaders in any offensive category by clicking on the category you are researching.
@rytiriKladno The Kladno Hockey Club: Before coming to the NHL Jagr played for this team in the Czech league as a teenager. Now he owns the team. It’s in Czech but some devices can translate to English. Follow them at:
@HockeyCzech National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.
@68isgr8 is the twitter name for The Traveling Jagrs. Clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend.
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter