(EDITOR’S NOTE: Atlantic Division standings have been updated through games Wednesday, Jan. 27, the final day of play before the All-Star break. No other news of note regarding Jagr, so that is the only update we provide today. Regarding the NHL All-Star game, as of now Jaromir Jagr is attending. Alexander Ovechkin is expected to announce he will miss the NHL All Star weekend due to an “injury” suffered/aggravated against Philadelphia and will sit out the first game back from the break, Tuesday, Feb. 2, a home game for Washington against the Florida Panthers).
SUNRISE–Outshooting Toronto in the first period but trailing 1-0 at the end of the opening 20 minutes Tuesday, the Florida Panthers reeled off three goals in the second period and cruised to a 5-1 victory Tuesday evening at the BB&T Center.
With the win Florida finishes January with an 8-3-1 record and sits perched atop the Atlantic Division with a 29-15-5 season record good for 63 points and a five-point lead over second place Detroit.
Aleksander Barkov cashed in with a six-year contract $35.4 million contract and again in the game with his 13th goal of the season on a breakaway goal with Florida on the power play. Also scoring for the Panthers were Vincent Trocheck (13), Jussi Jokinen (9), Reilly Smith (team-leading 16th). Alex Petrovic capped the scoring with first NHL goal. Roberto Luongo stopped 22 of 23 shots to collect the win.
Highlights of the game from NHL.com can be seen here.
Other than Barkov’s goal it was a quiet night on the score sheet for the rest of Florida’s top line as Jaromir Jagr and Jonathon Huberdeau were held without a point. A tight-checking Toronto team took some cheap shots and used other tactics resulting in Florida power plays.
Heading into the All-Star break the Jagr-O-Meter looks like this:
Most of the team will have some down time before the Panthers resume play Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Washington. Four members of the organization will have important roles in the first-ever, three-on-three, winner take all $1 million tournament-style All-Star event Sunday, Jan. 31 in Nashville.
Each of the NHL’s four divisions will participate in a single elimination using the three-on-three format currently used in overtime.
Jaromir Jagr was voted captain of the Atlantic Division despite pleas early in the voting for fans to support younger players. Joining Jagr in Nashville for the festive weekend, which will also feature the Skills competition Saturday, Nov. 30, will be second-year defenseman Aaron Ekblad, goalie Roberto Luongo and Coach Gerard Gallant.
Jagr and another All-Star captain, Alex Ovechkin of the Metropolitan Division, were featured in this tweet from NYRanger Jagr:
@68isgr8 @CruisingRay @SNJamieWThomas
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
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM