BOSTON–The Florida Panthers reversed many troublesome trends in reclaiming first place of the Atlantic Division with a 4-1 over the Boston Bruins Thursday night at TD Gardens.
- Beat the Bruins in Boston for the first time since 2011.
- Came from behind after trailing 1-0 in the first period
- Scored three straight goals to build a 3-1 lead then closed out the game with confidence not displayed in months
- Finally got a goal from their outstanding line of Jonathon Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir who all had been held off the scoresheet in losses to Detroit and the New York Rangers. The trio teamed up for an empty net goal in the final minute with unselfish play as any one of three could have scored by Huberdeau nudged a backhander into the cage.
Let’s hope that goal is the jumpstart needed to see more celebrations like this as the Panthers regular season now has eight games remaining.
Of course that empty net goal wouldn’t have happened without a strong game from the Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Trocheck and Reilly Smith line. Smith’s goal tied the game on a scramble in front. Trocheck ripped a short-handed pipe clanger that could be heard the whole to Fort Lauderdale and Jokinen also added a goal. The Smith and Trocheck’s goals were their 24th of of the season, tying them with Jagr for the team lead. Jokinen briefly grabbed the team lead in points with 56. Jagr’s assist on Huberdeau’s goal put him back in the lead with 56 points, technically first based on the tie breaker of most goals scored.
Roberto Luongo played his best game in two months, yielding a goal to up and coming Panther killer Ryan Spooner while turning aside 34 of 35 Bruins shots on the evening. Highlights of the game (as well as game photos on this page) courtesy of NHL.com
Here are the updated Atlantic Division standings. If the Panthers win in Tampa Bay Saturday night, they will finish the evening in first place, regardless of what the Lightning do in their game tonight with the New York Islanders. Five straight losses have left the Bruins five points behind the first place Panthers.
Our updated Jagr-O-Meter now shows Jagr with 1858 points as the NHL’s third-all time leading scorer trails Mark Messier by 29 points for second all-time.
The Panthers have three home games starting Tuesday, March 29 against Toronto. The Traveling Jagrs return to Sunrise when the Panthers host New Jersey Thursday, March 31 and Montreal Saturday, April 2 at BB&T Center. Tickets for all Panthers home games can be purchased at panthers.nhl.com.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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Florida Panthers Team website: http://www.floridapanthers.com
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