OTTAWA–The Florida Panthers defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night to win their 11th straight game and reestablish a 5-point lead over second place Montreal and Detroit, who matches the Canadiens total of 49 points in the Atlantic Division of the NHL.
Aleksander Barkov’s third period goal provided the margin of victory with assists to Jaromir Jagr and Jonathon Huberdeau. Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck scored eight seconds apart in the first period to stake Florida to a 2-0 lead. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in collecting his ninth straight win in net.
Highlights and boxscore from NHL.com can be seen here:
#ChasingGordie1850 #1100Assists Jagr’s assist on Barkov’s goal was his 30th point of the season and he is now 18 points from tying Gordie Howe as the NHL’s third all-time leading scorer with 1850 points. Jagr also has set up 1096 teammates over the span of his career, putting him within four of 1,100 assists.
Most impressive of the wins by the Panthers was their 4-1 victory over Washington, a team that has only lost 7 games all season. A few weeks ago the Panthers were battling Ottawa for a wild card slot and now are well ahead of them. The Panthers reached the half-way point of the season with 54 points, if maintained, projects to a 108-point season.
Jaromir Jagr is the King of Twitter!
Stamkos on playing with Jagr: “That’ll be special. I might have to ask him for a signed stick.”
Also, here’s a chance to brush up on your French with this account from Thursday’s game.
Standings following Thursday’s games:
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
@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.
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