EDITOR’S NOTE: The Atlantic Division standings have been updated to reflect action through Tuesday. Panthers (81 points) are in 3rd place behind Tampa Bay and Boston (83 points each). JAGRometer.com will be in Florida for upcoming games against Ottawa (Thursday) and Philadelphia (Saturday).
SUNRISE–From a historical standpoint the play will be remembered for Jaromir Jagr recording his 1851 career point to surpass Gordie Howe as the NHL’s third all-time leading scorer.
The Florida Panthers were behind 3-0 when their top wingers of Jonathon Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr assisted on center Aleksander Barkov’s 20th goal of the season. Take at a look at the play on video from NHL.com…
Jagr took a pass from Huberdeau and jammed a shot at the Boston goal before Barkov scored. Of Jagr’s 1851 points, 743 are goals and 1108 are assists. Of active players, only Alexander Ovechkin of Washington could could catch Jagr in goals. Assist machine Joe Thornton of San Jose could catch Jagr in assists. In the mean time, Jagr’s meter is still running and the Panthers leading scorer needs only one point to post his 20th 50-point season.
The celebration of Jagr’s achievement was short-lived. Boston restored a three-goal lead 37 seconds later as Patrice Bergeron scored his second goal of the game, after opening the scoring 30 seconds into the first period. David Pastrnak and Brett Connolly scored the second and third Bruins goals.
With four goals allowed on 16 shots in the first period the Panthers pulled starting goalie Roberto Luongo for Al Montoya. the backup faced as many shots in two periods and OT as the starter faced in one. Florida rallied on two goals by Jiri Hudler (11, 12) and one by Jussi Jokinen (12) to force overtime in a furious two-period rally to tie the game. Boston goalie Tuuka Rask stopped 47 of 51 Panthers shots to collect the a hard-earned win. Boston won in overtime when Lee Stempniak scored.
During postgame interviews Jagr said he is glad 1851 is behind him and the team needs to concentrate to get wins. Interview shared from Fox Sports Florida. Bear with the ads preceding the interview.
From sportsnet on Twitter…
Games it took to reach 1,851 points Wayne Gretzky: 780 Jaromir Jagr: 1,613 Mark Messier: 1,691
The Panthers are idle until Thursday when they host Ottawa.
The good news for the Panthers–Jonathon Huberdeau had two assists in his first game back from a concussion. While only scoring one goal, the top line of Huberdeau, Jagr and Barkov played a strong game. Also encouraging was newcomer Jiri Hudler getting his first two goals as a Panther, including the tally that forced the game into overtime.
More good news: Derek MacKenzie is expected back in action Thursday. Willie Mitchell has also been skating.
The bad news was the latest subpar effort by goalie Roberto Luongo, who hasn’t been the same since his head hit the post after a collision initiated by an opposing player on the road trip. Montoya kept the Panthers in the game until late in overtime. The Panthers are now 7-9 in games decided in overtime or shootout.
Full video highlights from NHL.com can be seen here…
For our Czech readers from Denik Sport. If you don’t speak Czech, the pictures are nice….
Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek grew up in Jagr’s hometown of Kladno and the two played a season together with the Flyers in the 2011-12 season when #68 came back to the NHL from Russia’s KHL. He speaks of the Jagr effect on him and the Czech Repubic.
Things in the Atlantic Division are very tight. The Panthers hold on second place is due to having a game in hand on Boston.
Seven games remain on the home schedule. Tickets for the Ottawa game Thursday and the Philadelphia game Saturday can be secured through panthers.nhl.com. JAGRometer.com will be in attendance for the Thursday and Saturday games.
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
@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 nhl.com 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 http://www.nigelbuchanan.com.
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
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM