TAMPA–The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated Florida 3-1 Sunday night to keep the Panthers winless since they defeated Edmonton 2-1 Jan. 10 in Edmonton. Tonight, the Panthers will try to sweep the two-game season series with the Oilers at BB&T Center.
The Lightning built a 2-0 entering the third period and held on as the Panthers scored one to narrow the gap. Nick Bjugstad scored his first since returning from migraines. It was his eighth of the season and first since Nov. 21. Late in the game Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game for Tampa Bay, on an empty net, to extinguish the Florida comeback. The Panthers lead the five game season series 2-1, with a game up coming Saturday at BB&T Center.
Highlights of the game from NHL.com can be seen here…
The Panthers have a three-point advantage over second place Detroit, who lost in a shootout to Philadelphia Sunday night.
Jaromir Jagr was help without a point. We’ve revamped the Jagr-O-Meter into a vertical format to make it more friendly for smart phones.
The Panthers played their third straight game without their top defenseman Aaron Ekblad and it shows when he’s not at the point keeping pucks on the offensive zone and making a good shot or pass to enable Florida to continue an attack. Denis Potvin revealed on the telecast Sunday that Ekblad could be back for the weekend.
Jagr receives raves for his impact on younger players. At the begining of his career he was mentored by several future hall of famers and in particular Bryan Trottier. Some of his reflections from 1990 recently appeared on twitter thanks to @NHLhistorygirl.
It’s turning out to be a season of streaks in the NHL this season. Montreal opened with nine straight and has faltered in the absence of MVP goalie Carey Price. The Panthers are winless in three since their club record 12-game winning streak, and Friday’s opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks are riding an 11-game winning streak.
Tonight’s game with Edmonton is the first of a four-game homestand leading up to the All-Star break. Chicago (Friday), Tampa Bay (Saturday) and Toronto (Jan. 26 round out the Panthers schedule for the month. Tickets for these and all future Florida Panthers home games are available at panthers.nhl.com.
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