Game 52: PIT 3-FLA 2 (OT) as Penguins rally late

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE:  The Panthers play the Denver Broncos in the Championship of American Football. Since Jagr plays for the Panthers, supports the Panthers today.


…Back to hockey

SUNRISE–During the NHL All Star weekend it was revealed that Kris Letang had Jaromir Jagr as one of his role models when he was a child. Saturday night Letang was the Pittsburgh Penguins hero as he had two goals and an assist as the Penguins beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime at BB&T Center.

The Penguins  scored two goals in the final six minutes then won the game in overtime with Letang’s power play, game winning goal. Also standing out for the Penguins was Sidney Crosby, who had a goal and two assists. The reputed best player in the world closed the gap between him and NHL scoring leader Patrick Kane to 26 points with his latest fine effort.

Not to be forgotten is Pittsburgh backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff, who stopped 42 of 44 shots, including six stops on Jaromir Jagr. Panthers goals were scored by Jussi Jokinen and a nice shorthanded breakaway score by Aleksander Barkov, who scored his 16th of the season to tie Jagr And Reilly Smith for second in goal scoring on the Atlantic Division leading Panthers.

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Both teams played without important players. Center Evgeny Malkin and starting goalie were out for Pittsburgh. The Panthers frequently-teamed shutdown defensive pair of Eric Gudbranson and Willie Mitchell were out with injuries.

The Panthers play at Detroit Monday night. If Jagr plays it will be his 1600th career game. Florida visits Buffalo Tuesday.

After that late loss, here’s a feel-good picture in honor of the Super Bowl and Joe Greene’s famous shirt off his back Coke commercial.  Here Jagr gives a stick to a kid during warm ups. As a bonus, a mullet update.



Expanded Atlantic Division Standings



The latest Jagr-O-Meter…


Nice article by Dave Molinari, long-time Penguins reporter for Pittsburgh area newspapers regarding Jagr.

Hair we go again. In addition to making the case that hair growth equals excellence for Jaromir Jagr, the article makes some good points about the excellent season #68 is having for the first-place Florida Panthers.

USA Today makes the case that Jagr should be the recipient of this year’s Masterson Trophy, awarded to the player who dedicates perseverance and dedication to hockey. The writer does a good job explaining the varying contrasts that add up to one of the NHL’s best feel-good stories this evening.

Jaromir Jagr has 16 goals this season, second-most by a player in/after his age-43 season in NHL history (Mark Messier, 18, 2003-04)

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Jagr moved into 2nd all-time in shots last night.

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Assorted Jagr-related links:

Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide

Florida Panthers Team website:

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 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

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 or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM

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