Game 31: FLA 5-NYI 1, Panthers win without Jagr (flu) others

BROOKLYN–Five different players scored for Florida who beat the New York Islanders 5-1 Tuesday despite missing several players to flu and injuries. Goalie Roberto Luongo limited the Islanders to one goal for the second straight time this season, on 34 shots.

After a scoreless first period which saw the Islanders out shoot FLA 19-2, Reilly Smith scored his ninth of the season and third in four games early in the second. Other goal scorers included Aleksander Barkov (who also had two assists), Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck and Jonathon Hubereau. The Huberdeau goal came let in the game when he was awarded a goal after being pulled down by the Islanders while on a breakaway toward an empty  net. It was the Islanders first loss in regulation since Nov. 22 and ended an 8-0-2 run.

The win enables Florida (15-12-4) to stay within one point of Tampa Bay. The Panthers play at New Jersey Thursday evening. The Devils hold a two point lead over Florida for the final playoff spot.

One of the missing Panthers was their leading scorer Jaromir Jagr, one of four fighting flu symptoms. Jagr’s status for Thursday’s game is unknown. Highlights of the game from nhl.com are here:

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2015020454&navid=sb:recap&intcmpid=sb-highlights

Updated Atlantic division standings

Atlantic Division Standings

Florida visits Carolina Friday night before returning home to host Vancouver Sunday afternoon, the first of six straight home games spanning the holidays. Tickets and gift packages available at http://www.floridapanthers.com.

Yahoo sports has picked Jagr as one of the NHL’s 10 most interesting people:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/top-10-hockey-people-of-2015–puck-daddy-year-in-hockey-225042997.html

The Jagr-O-Meter

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Assorted Jagr-related links:

Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide

http://panthers.nhl.com/v2/ext/Florida201516MediaGuide_web.pdf

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.

https://www.facebook.com/JaromirJagrfan/?fref=nf

@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.

http://www.quanthockey.com/nhl/records/nhl-players-all-time-points-leaders.html

@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:

https://twitter.com/RytiriKladno

@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.

https://twitter.com/search?q=traveling%20jagrs&src=savs.

https://jagrometer.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/dsc_0335.jpg

Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter

https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM

 

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