Game 64: JAGR ties Howe with assist, Florida comeback fails against Colorado 3-2

NeonJagr1850DENVER–No one sets out to score 1850 points but Jaromir Jagr rests on that plateau after his first period assist on an Eric Gudbranson goal meant Jagr climbed one of the NHL’s highest elevations, tying Gordie Howe for third all-time.

Here’s video of the play, which also included a primary assist by Aleksander Barkov.



(Editor’s Note: reminds you we shared some great Gordie Howe centent in our March 3 edition and encourage you to learn more about “Mr. Hockey” by reading it). 

The joy of that moment, which tied the game at 1-1 in the first period was temporary. The Panthers carried a 3-1 deficit into the final period before losing to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at Denver’s Pepsi Center.

Florida not only lost the game, they lost first place, falling to second place for the first time since defeating the New York Rangers 3-0 on January 2 at BB&T Center. The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed first place from the Panthers with a 4-1 victory at Ottawa. Boston also beat Chicago. The top of the division is now crowded with Tampa Bay and Florida having 80 points and Boston a win away from matching them with 78. The Bruins come to Sunrise for a Monday night game at BB&T Center, which will be the Panthers first game home after a five-game road trip. The final game of their journey, which has produced a 1-2-1 record is Saturday night in Glendale when Florida plays Arizona.

Held without a goal, the third period of Thursday’s game was one of the best in terms of pressure applied. The  Panthers pounded Avalanche backup goalie Calvin Pickard with 24 of their 40 shots for the game but the Colorado netminder was equal to the task. Florida outshot the Avs 40-26. They were able to push up to the final buzzer as Florida goalie Roberto Luongo stopped a penalty shot from Nathan MacKinnon to keep the Panthers within 1.

Brian Campbell scored the other Florida goal, while Colorado had goals from Gabriel Landeskog, Mikkel Boedker and the game winner by Matt Duchene.

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

After the game Jagr told “It doesn’t matter,” said Jagr, who was in no mood to celebrate his milestone point. “We put ourselves in a hole, just pushing in the door, but the door closed.”

Expanded Atlantic Division Standings

A breakdown of the Jagr’s  1850 points by team.



Updated JAGR-O-Meter…


More Jagr news Saturday. But briefly, Jagr being left of the Czech Republic roster for the World Cup of Hockey preceding the 2016-17 season was at Jagr’s request. He said right now his job is working for the Florida Panthers…In February it was revealed that Jagr gave up coffee for Lent. What wasn’t known at the time was Jagr was drinking 10 cups a day, according to a Wall Street journal article published this week.

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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