Game 61: Columbus 4-Florida 3 (SO), Jagr assist (point 1847*), GM Tallon banking on Czechs in trade deadline deals for draft picks

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Florida Panthers considering other transactions, one day after acquiring Czech players Jiri Hudler and Jakub HKindl. Also…Sunday’s game vs. Minnesota has a 3 pm start time.

COLUMBUS–Within days of decrying the NHL’s coaches challenge system as flawed, Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Torteorella successfully challenged an apparent Vincent Trocheck goal as being invalid due to offsides by Nick Bjugstad as the two were crossing the blue line. Using a tablet at the scorer’s table the officials overruled their original call to keep the score at   1-0.

One of our European readers disagreed with the call but under the rules regarding the way the NHL handles these situations, once the puck cleared the blue line the lead leg of Bjugstad was on the ice and in the zone while the trailing leg was not in contact with the ice even though it was in the neutral zone.

Trocheck scored minutes later and a dispute in the scoring was also brought to our attention as Alex Petrovic worked the puck ahead to him after receiving an end-line pass from Jaromir Jagr.  For some reason Garrett Wilson was awarded the second assist and his first NHL point on play where his only role was screening the goalie. Not that we expect any changes in the scoring, but contacted for an explanation of this scoring decision and whether or not it can be changed.

Here’s the text of our inquiry to the NHL:

“Please forward to the appropriate office. I operate the website, where the results and stats of Jaromir Jagr are tracked for a world-wide audience. A scoring error was made during the Saturday, Feb. 27 game between the FLorida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. As shown in the attached video, Jagr passes to Alex Petrovic, who then feeds to Vincent Trocheck, who scores his 19th goal of the season. The published stats show the second assist was awarded to Garrett Wilson. Wilson’s only role in the play was screening the goalie. received multiple inquiries from fans who noticed the mistake and after reviewing the video I have to agree. Can this error be corrected? This is potentially and expensive mistake if Jagr’s contract calls for bonuses for certain scoring totals and he comes up one point short. I await your response after reviewing your own video: (Please bear with the advertisement that preceded the video clip).


Earlier in the game Jagr did get an assist as he was all alone in the right faceoff circle and feathered a shot into the goal crease that pinballed in off Aleksander Barkov’s leg for his 19th goal of the season. With his team leading 45th point Jagr now has…PointFlagCountdown1847

After trailing 2-0 Columbus reeled of three goals on 16 shots against Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo. as netminder apologists will tell you, it’s never the goalies fault. Traling 3-2 Florida was able to force overtime when Logan Shaw scored his fifth goal of the season to force overtime. A late delay of game penalty gave Columbus that carried into overtime. for 1:32.

The normally reliable shootout was the Panthers downfall Saturday as Barkov, Bjugstad and Trocheck were stopped by Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo, who kept his team in the game despite being outshot 13-1 in the first period. Scoring for Columbus were Scott Hartnell (20), Brandon Saad (24) and Seth Jones (2). Brandon Dubinsky scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the decision to Columbus.

A video summary and other information from can be seen here;=:,game_state=final,game_tab=wrap

Before the game Tortorella, impressed with Jagr is doing with Florida this year, suggested his young players introduce themselves to Jagr and see if they can’t pick up a few pointers.  On this Saturday Columbus weathered an early storm to take a lead, lose the lead then win in a shootout.

In other news, the Panthers were busy bolstering their roster with NHL talent as Florida general manager pried away Jiri Hudler (Calgary), Teddy Purcell (Edmonton) and Jakub Kindl (Detroit organization) for draft picks. More details of the transactions can be seen here:

The trades give the Panthers lockeroom even more of an international feel as Hudler and Kindl are from the Czech Republic. Grabbing two NHL forwards and a defensemen gives the Panthers NHL depth as injuries has struggled with AHL players in the lineup.

Florida plays a 3 pm afternoon game Sunday at Minnesota, the second game of their five-game road trip.

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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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