Like all but one scoring attempts by the Florida Panthers Saturday night, Jaromir Jagr was unable to find the back of net as Arizona defeated the Panthers 5-1 Saturday night. A tough 1-3-1 road trip complete, Florida hosts Boston Monday night at BB&T Center.
PHOENIX–Arizona ended a seven-game losing streak Saturday night defeating the Florida Panthers 5-1. The NHL season has reached the time of year where bad teams often lose to teams expected to make it to the playoffs. The Coyoties did not follow this script on this Saturday night at the edge of the desert.
Given the final score it was a notable feat that Aleksander was one of the few Panthers to finish with a plus rating at +1. Jaromir Jagr, needing one point to move ahead of Gordie Howe to break a tie and become the third all-time point producer, was stifled in his attempt. The only Florida goal came during 4-on-4 play when Aaron Ekblad scored in the second period. Newly-acquired Alex Tanguay had two goals in his debut for the Coyotes. The “highlights” from NHL.com can be seen at this link…
The Panther dropped two points behind Tampa Bay withe loss and Florida holds a one -point margin over Boston, who visits the BB&T Center Monday night. It will be hte first of three home games for the Panthers, who will host Ottawa Thursday and Philadelphia Saturday night. Tickets for these and future Panthers home games can be secured at panthers.nhl.com.
What did you give up for Lent?
In some churches the sacrifice of something trivial is a practice that dates back many centuries. Last year Jagr gave up Diet Coke. This year it’s coffee. This article from a day before Jagr tied Gordie Howe for career points tells how this year Jagr have up his 10 cups of coffee a day AND increased his production in the weeks since then.
The only annoying aspect of following the career of Jaromir Jagr is the lazy media in some cities who try to prime fans for what “might be the last time Jagr plays in (fill in the blank).” Hockey writers across the continent have been using this trite story line since #68 returned from the KHL in 2011! Here was a refeshing story where Jagr says he could make it to 50.
It took a long time, but by playing his 1612th NHL game against Arizona Saturday, Jagr has now spent an equal time as a Pittsburgh Penguin as he has playing for other NHL teams combined. A nice look back at the Jagr experience!
The death of Nancy Reagan, wife of deceased US President reminds us of a phone call a young Jagr had with the president. Thank to the editor of the Pittsburgh blog Emptynetters for sharing this article by Penguins historian Bob Grove from 1992. Use your cursor on the actual article to scroll to the right half of the page which may not show up in its entirety on your device.
Here’s today’s Jagr-O-Meter…
Jagr was the last player to head for the locker room after the loss Saturday night. We’ll see if some home cooking revives a team gasping for air for most of the last two weeks in Monday’s big game with Boston.
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