Game 62: Minnesota 3-Florida 1, Montoya injured

A special note to visitors of from the Czech Republic.


MINNEAPOLIS–They play games on ice, not on paper. The way the seasons have been going for the Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild, a reasonable expectation might be first-place Florida would beat both teams. The opposite happened as Minnesota beat the Panthers 3-1 Sunday afternoon, a day after Columbus claimed a 4-3 shootout victory.

“Highlights” of the game from can be seen here…,game_state=final

Goalie Al Montoya left game after a Wild defenseman plowed into him in the first period. Roberto Luongo, who played a full game Saturday against Columbus despite also being shaken up in that game made some great stops in relief of Montoya. The Panthers have recalled Mike McKenna  as a precautionary move if either Montoya or Luongo are not ready for action Tuesday.

Despite the disappointing weekend, the Panthers will end February no worse than tied for first place as Tampa Bay plays at Toronto against a team that has been busy for a few days at the trading deadline.

Expanded Atlantic Division Standings

The Florida Panthers are also interested in making a move or two on top of the three deals for draft picks that yielded them two Czechs, forward Jiri Hudler and defenseman Jakub Kindl from Calgary and Detroit, respectively. Also acquired from Edmonton was forward Teddy Purcell.

While on the ice for a goal against, Jaromir Jagr was on the ice for the Panthers when Aaron Ekblad scored his 12th goal of the season while Florida was enjoying a man-advantage.  The second period goal enabled the Panthers to entire the third period tied with the eventual 3-1 victors. The latest Jagr-O-Meter following Sunday’s game…


Meanwhile, is waiting for an update from the NHL and the NHL Officials Association if anything can be done to credit Jagr with the assist that was erroneously given to teammate Garrett Wilson on Vincent Trocheck’s goal Saturday in Columbus….


The Panthers five-game road trip continues Tuesday in Winnipeg. The arrival of NHL players obtained in recent transactions should enable Florida to come up with a stronger showing than the weekend when injuries forced the team to utilized too many  players from the Portland Pirates, their AHL team…. Florida is 4-4-2 in their last 10 games…. Later in the week the Panthers play Thursday at Colorado and Saturday at Arizona, before returning home for a three-game homestand starting Mon. March, 7 against divisional rival Boston.

Assorted Jagr-related links:

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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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