ST. LOUIS–Brandon Pirri’s breakaway goal broke a scoreless tie in the second period and Derek MacKenzie scored two goals as the Florida Panthers defeated the St. Louis Blues. The first of MacKenzie’s goals came 13 seconds after Pirri’s icebreaker in a game that was very defensive up to that point. Roberto Luongo stopped 28 of 29 shots including 17 in the third period when St. Louis tried to tie the game. With their third straight win Florida (11-9-4-26) jumped over idle Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division standings for fifth place, only five points behind second place Detroit in a tightly-bunched grouping.
Highlights from NHL.com are linked here:
Jaromir Jagr was held without a point for the second straight game but was strong on the puck and able to keep the Blues chasing him and other Panthers in the St. Louis defensive zone.
The Panthers play at Nashville Thursday and Columbus Friday before closing out their five-game road trip Sunday at New Jersey.
Voting for the NHL All Star game has started and Jaromir Jagr was doing well in voting for Atlantic division players.
Use or register at nhl.com and follow the links to vote. At this point fans are asked to pick the captains for the four divisions. The link is here:
Unlike a real election, at least in most jurisdictions, voters are permitted 10 ballots per day. Quite a few people are promoting the Jagr for all star campaign on twitter with stuff like
@68Jagr #NHL #NHLAllStar #JaromirJagr #Jagr #NHLAllStarGame #VoteJagr #Vote #ASG.
Review of Sportsnet.ca article on Jaromir Jagr (We love it!)
This article created quite a buzz on twitter last week, at least by the people promoting it and they were not overstating their case. Sportsnet.ca and author Kristina Rutherford scored with this delicious article, serving up nuggets of perspective from friends, coaches, former teammates and even some thoughts from Jagr himself. You feel like you are in a room with all these recognizable faces and as the story moves along, they all chime in with their thoughts as the topics ranged from his childhood to today. This isn’t your typical Jagr’s-coming-to-town-to-play-you-team article and you’ll see in-depth thoughts rarely revealed before now, and never in one place.
Do a web search for sportsnet and keep clicking until you get it downloaded to your phone.
We’ve written to Sportsnet and hope to get at least a house copy as well as possibly other copies for sale at cost to readers of jagrometer.com.
Panthers Beat writer on Podcast
George Richards of the Miami Herald talks about the Panthers and Jagr on The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast, hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports. They also write for Puck Daddy. Jagr section starts about 9 minutes in.
Jagr Christmas sweater from fanprint.com
That’s a lot to digest. Next update after Thursday’s game with Nashville unless breaking news demands otherwise.
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.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey loving woman shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general. How does she do it?
@MyRegularFace She’s another gem. Watches lots of games and gets up GIFs faster than nhl.com or anyone else out there.
@KrRutherford Kristina Rutherford wrote a great article for Canada’s sportsnet magazine.
Nigel Buchanan, whose superhero treatment of Jagr in his art for sportsnet magazine is one of the many efforts he has on display at http://www.nigelbuchanan.com.
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 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