CALGARY–Rookie Sam Bennett scored four goals in Calgary’s 6-0 route of the Florida Panthers Wednesday night. Johnny Gaudreau and Mason Raymond also scored for the Flames, whose victory was so thorough that goalie Jonas Hiller wasn’t awarded one of the game’s three stars for his 15-save effort.
Pass after pass by the Panthers misfired, and when they chose to shoot, too often it was deflected away. Calgary had an answer for everything the Panthers tried, including a goalie switch, with Al Montoya giving up two goals over the final two periods after starter Roberto Luongo was pulled after surrendering four scores in the first stanza.
Here are the lowlights, from nhl.com:
The Panthers were without Defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who was injured Sunday in Edmonton. Coach Gerard Gallant also missed the game as he mourns the death and celebrates the life of his mother who passed away late last week.
The only good news for the Panthers on this night was the other three teams in the Atlantic Division playing Wednesday night also lost as Boston, Ottawa and Toronto were also defeated.
The shutout mean no points for Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr had one of the few highlights with a diving sweep in front of Montoya which likely prevented another quality scoring chance. Still looking for photos or a clip of that…almost worth watching the whole second period to see again.
Here’s a feel good story from the Calgary Sun to take away some of the sting of the loss.
Florida plays at Tampa Bay Sunday before hosting Edmonton Monday at BB&T Center. It will be the first of four games for the Panthers at home prior to the All-Star break. Tickets for those and future Panthers home games are available at panthers.nhl.com.
The game marked the third straight appearance of the Traveling Jagrs, most of whom hail from Calgary. Their origins are explained in this article, which calls them groupies, but can a group of people with their own groupies really be considered groupies?
A short video from Canada
The Traveling Jagrs will be coming to BB&T Center for Panthers games and off-ice activities March 7-12.
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