SUNRISE–It was great to be home for the holidays for the Florida Panthers this year.
Behind a two-goal effort by their leading scorer Jaromir Jagr and a 38-save performance by backup goal Al Montoya, the Florida Panthers defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Sunday night at the BB&T Center.
The Panthers closed out a six-game homestand undefeated and hit the road with a nine-game winning streak overall. Florida (23-12-4) has a three-point lead over Montreal in the Atlantic Division.
For Jaromir Jagr the game saw him score his team-leading 12th and 13th goals of the season to finish the game with 735 career goals. He is now within six goals of Brett Hull’s fourth all-time careeer total of 741.
Jagr scored 27 seconds in to the game banking a puck off the skate of Minnesota’s goalie as he skated by the crease. Nearly nine minutes into the third period of a tie game, Jagr gathered the puck near center ice then found his chance between the circles. Florida survived a Wild power play and later two minutes of 6 on 5 hockey after Minnesota pulled their goalie which made it difficult to set up a hat trick attempt. The second goal extended Jagr’s career total game winning goal total to 132.
The Wild only scored once, by Jason Zucker . Panthers goalie Montoya raise his record to 6-1-1. Minnesota showed good form in moving up the ice as a cohesive five-man unit and Wild coach Mike Yeo called it one of his team’s better road efforts.
Highlights from nhl.com can be seen here:
The game featured a Latin theme and after Jagr’s goal posts like this started showing up on twitter:
The popular Jagr’s production prompted this thought from a teammate:
“He pushes all of us. He still moves like he’s 30 years old.”
— Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic to Fox Sports Florida on Jaromir Jagr, who scored twice in the Panthers’ 2-1 win vs. the Wild on Sunday, their franchise-record ninth straight.
The two goals Sunday capped a busy weekend for the Czech legend and after Sunday’s game discussed being named captain of the Atlantic Division squad in this nhl.com story:
Jagr’s play in the NHL when most players have long-retired has been a tribute to his dedication. The Florida Panthers released this interesting stat Monday morning.
As the Panthers hit the road for games in Buffalo, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary and Tampa Bay, the Jagr-O-Meter may need a few updates before the Panthers return home to host Edmonton Monday, Jan. 18. That will the first of a pre-All Star weekend that will include games against Chicago, Tampa Bay and a surprising Toronto team that is playing .500 hockey under new coach Mike Babcock. Tickets for that and all Florida home games available at http://www.panthers.nhl.com
Harvey Fialkov was the first to report that Jagr was taking a post-game skate after Saturday’s win against the New York Rangers. Interesting reading in his Sun Sentinel article today:
Met some great people from the Czech Republic during Saturday and Sunday’s games. More about that another day.
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, 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
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.
@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