Game 37: Florida 3-Montreal 1, Panthers regain first place, Barkov 2 goals, Jagr career GWG 131

SUNRISE, FL–The Florida Panthers reclaimed first place with a 3-1 win over Montreal with their seventh straight victory to leapfrog the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.

Expanded Atlantic Division Standings


It was a 1-2-3 night for the Panthers top line of LW Jonathon Huberdeau (three assists),  C Alexsander Barkov (2 goals) and RW Jaromir Jagr (one goal, career goal 733, extending his career NHL game winning goal total to 131). Barkov also had an assist on the Jagr goal to cap off a solid three-point night. While Jagr has played well against Montreal in his career, the young Barkov will become well known after his solid performance against Canada’s most legendary team.

Florida also played a strong defensive game. Luongo stopped 27 of 28 shots to post his sixth consecutive win in net for the surging Panthers who are 13-3-0 in their last 16 games. Montreal’s lone goal was scored my Max Pacioretty, his 15th, and gave the Canadiens a short-lived 1-0 goal.

Less than four minutes later Barkov scored. Jagr scored the game winner early in the second period. Barkov added the insurance goal at 8:53 of the third. Barkov his 11th, to match Jagr and Reilly Smith’s team leading total. Huberdeau’s three assists gave him 21 for the season, and his 25 points trail team leader Jagr’s 26.

Enjoy the highlights from, especially the Jagr goal.,2,545&navid=sb:highlights

Afterward Barkov told about the Jagr goal:

 “I just need to look at it on YouTube and try it next game.”

Jagr and Barkov have been bantering with reporters post-game with Jagr saying he can’t teach Barkov anything more than he already has and Barkov returning the compliment. Barkov has blossomed since Jagr was acquired by Florida from New Jersey late last season.

We finally found working links to postgame comments by Jagr on FoxSportsFlorida.

The Jagr-O-Meter needed some updates after the game.


Someone on twitter posted a clutch goal Jagr scored against Capitals in  game 7 for the Penguins in 1992. 


It was great to witness that game live and was critical in ousting a strong Capitals team from the playoffs enroute to the Penguins second Stanley Cup in 1992.

A couple Jagr articles for your enjoyment. The first is fresh.

This article was in The Sporting News a few weeks ago but we missed it. Nice work by Cristina Ledra.

The Panthers next game is Saturday, Jan. 2 against the New York Rangers at BB&T Center. Their current six-game homestand ends a day later against the Minnesota Wild. Tickets for those and all Florida Panthers home games available at or If one link fails try the other one as the recent success of the team has overwhelmed the system at times.

While the Panthers won’t be playing until the weekend, will continue to update the standings and other Jagr-content as it is uncovered.

Assorted Jagr-related links:

Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide

Florida Panthers Team website:

Some Jagr-related  social media accounts:

@68Jagr  This is the real site,  the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare, but worth the wait. Jagr has been more active on Twitter this season.

The two best Jagr facebook pages are:

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 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

The article was shared by Sportsnet on Dec. 20, 2015.

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 or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM

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