(Editor’s Note: It’s been an exciting week of Jaromir Jagr news as he has caught Gordie Howe for third-all time. Learn about Gordie Howe in our March 3 edition. Read about Jagr recording his 1850th NHL point in the March 4 edition. Tonight Jagr tries to break the tie and record point 1851, which would leave him 36 behind Mark Messier, his next target at #2 among NHL career scorers. Tonight’s game is at 9 pm Eastern–due to Arizona’s location in the Mountain Time Zone).
GLENDALE–When Jaromir Jagr arrived in Florida to try and push the Florida Panthers during the 2014-15 season, he responded with 18 points in 20 games. This year, Jagr and the Panthers will try to regain top position and the Panthers leading scorer is doing his part by recording 11 points over 11 games.
Over that stretch Jagr has passed Brett Hull to become the third all-time leading goal scorer in NHL history. Thursday during the loss to Colorado, Jagr tied Gordie Howe as the third all-time leading scorer. The Panthers are 1-2-1 on their five-game road trip which ends Saturday night when the Panthers visit the Arizona Coyotes.
After a night off for the entire Atlantic Division, the Panthers will be one of seven Atlantic teams playing tonight including.
Jagr downplays catching Howe and some of the other milestones he’s achieved this year. Link from NHL.com includes video of Eric Gudbranson goal that was the finish to a play Jagr started with a pass to Aleksander Barkov.
An informative interview with Jagr.
People try to compare the performance of players across different eras. At Jagrometer.com we prefer to let the accomplishments of the players speak for themselves without footnotes. That said, NHL.com shared an article trying to compare the two hockey legends.
The other day an article in the Wall Street Journal revealed he was giving up coffee for Lent. A lot of people give up coffee, but most aren’t giving up 10 cups a day. Deadspin.com talked about it. Once adjusting, Jagr has performed as dominantly as he as in any time in the last 10 years, in our estimation.
Hoping for Point 1851 for Jagr and a Florida Panthers win. Even though Jagr reached 1850 in few games than Gordie Howe, we’re listing Mr. Hockey first on the Jagr-O-Meter, out of respect.
The Panthers return home for a three-game homestand starting with Boston Monday night at BB&T center. Later the week Florida hosts Ottawa Thursday and Philadelphia Saturday. Tickets for these and all Panthers home games can be secured at panthers.nhl.com.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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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
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 nhl.com or anyone else out there.
@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
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM