(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: