BUFFALO–The first-place Florida Panthers had six different goal scorers in collecting a 7-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night. The victory coupled with losses by Tampa Bay and Boston, plus idle Detroit, meant the Panthers gained two more points on their closest division rivals in raising their record to 32-16-6 for 70 points.
The Panthers played without top line center Aleksander Barkov who was injured in the second period of Florida’s loss to Detroit Monday night at Joe Louis Arena. Those two teams will play again Saturday night at BB&T Center, the second game of a six-game homestand that starts Friday night with St. Louis. Tickets for those and all Florida home games can be purchased through panthers.nhl.com.
It was a good night for Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr. He scored his 17th goal of the season, to match his full-season total from last season and raised his career total to 739, two behind Brett Hull, who ended his Hall of Fame career as the NHL’s third all time leading goal scorer with 741.
Highlights of the high scoring game can be seen here, courtesy of NHL.com
Jagr’s goal was the sixth by Florida that also saw Reilly Smith find the net for goals 17 and 18. Smith also had an assist for a three-point night. Jussi Jokinen and Brandon Pirri each scored their 11th, Alex Petrovic notched his 2nd and Brain Campbell scored his 5th.
The outcomes of Tuesday’s games enabled Florida to extend their lead to eight points over Tampa Bay, Boston and Detroit.
MORE JAGR NEWS:
When Jaromir Jagr returned from three-years of self-imposed exile in the NHL, for which he was rewarded, the days leading up to free agency led to widespread speculation as to where he would play the 2011-2012 season.
Some members of the Pittsburgh media were so certain he was coming to the Penguins that they staked out the airport while other teams were also in the mix. One offered $6 million per season. The Penguins offered $2.1 million, which was less than they offered hall-of-scrub forward Tyler Kennedy. The Flyers eventually won the Jagr sweepstakes for $3.1 million, and it helped develop the careers of Jakub Voraceck, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, to name a few. Another team also was in the running. Like the Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings pulled their offer off the table, estimated at $2.5 million, before the free agent frenzy that day in the summer of 2011.
A Detroit news columnist wrote against that happening at the time and spoke to Jagr before Monday’s game between the Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings.
Interesting reading, and Jagr even suggests that Peyton Manning continue playing if he can accept not being the top dog anymore.
More from Jagr on Manning:
It’s been a fascinating five seasons in Jagr’s post-NHL career. Even Wayne Gretzky has taken notice:
Gretzky on Jagr: I hope he plays another 3 or 4 years, but I’m going to steal his skates if he starts getting close to some of my records.”
Another great tweet:
Asked Jagr if Huberdeau’s pass to him reminded him of anybody else. “Yeah… Me!”
For our Czech readers, one you won’t have to translate: