SUNRISE–Jaromir Jagr scored his ninth goal of the in the first minute of the game as the Florida Panthers built a 3-0 goal lead and kept Washington scoreless until late in the game to claim a 4-1 win over one of the NHL’s best teams.
Jagr’s 731st career goal tied him for fourth all-time with Marcel Dionne and came when he deflected a Dimitry Kilikov shot by Capitals backup goalie Philipp Grubauer.
Post-game interviews from floridapanthers.com. Great comments in his own words about catching Dionne as Jagr gets a couple segments in the clip.
Highlights of the game starting with Jagr’s team leading ninth goal from nhl.com with the great Steve Goldstein can be seen here:
Fans on twitter can watch the goal on a loop from @NHLExpertPicks. (The link doesn’t reproduce well, so we’re directing to you it)
There were more heroes in Thursday’s game. Goalie Al Montoya stopped 19 of 20 Washington’s shots in playing another solid game in a rare start in place of Roberto Luongo. Montoya raised his record to 4-1-1, a nice markup for a reserve. Jagr said being a backup goalie is the hardest job in hockey.
Brandon Pirri scored his sixth of the season in the middle period. Aaron Ekblad also scored his sixth in a two-one with Jonathon Huberdeau in the third. While limited to three goals so far, Hubereau now has 14 assists.
The Capitals avoided the goose egg when an agitated Alex Ovechkin ripped his 14th from his customary left wing circle location, with 2:08 left in the game, less than a minute after leaving the penalty box. Logan Shaw added an empty net goal to close out the scoring. In all the Panthers had 26 shots on goal.
The Panthers (14-11-4-32) play at Boston Saturday in rare 1 pm start. The Bruins (15-9-3-33) will try to hold on to fourth place. A regulation win by Florida would enable the Panthers to move past Boston. It’s the first of four on the road for Florida, who will make their first visit to Brooklyn Tuesday Dec. 15 to play the Islanders, New Jersey, Thursday, Dec. 17 and Carolina Friday, Dec. 18.
#CHASINGGORDIE1850: Jagr’s goal was his team-leading 21st point and 1823rd of his career as he aims to catch Gordie Howe’s third all-time total of 1850.
The updated Jagr-O-Meter:
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
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM