TAMPA BAY–There’s only room for one team atop the Atlantic Division of the National Hockey League and following Saturday night’s game at Amalie Arena, that team is the Florida Panthers, 5-2 winners over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jaromir Jagr and Jonathon Huberdeau had a goal and an assist for Florida’s top line, while center Aleksander Barkov grabbed assists on both goals. Vincent Trocheck matched Jagr’s team high 25 goals while Jussi Jokinen had a goal and assist to match Jagr’s team high 58 points. Jiri Hudler scored his 5th goal for Florida since joining the team near the trade deadline. Jagr’s goal marked the 18th time he scored 25 in a season, second only to Gordie Howe, who accomplished this feat 20 times.
In a game so important, Florida coach Gerard Gallant went with his best players and top goalie Roberto Luongo while Tampa Bay coach John Cooper started back up goalie Andrei Laveleskiy. With the win Florida dominated the season series by a 4-1-0 advantage.
Highlights of Florida’s victory over Tampa Bay from NHL.com can be seen here.
The Miami Herald shared Jagr’s lockeroom session with reporters after the game.
It was a busy night for the Atlantic Division. While all teams played Saturday, none of them will play Sunday.
Jagr’s first-period power play goal was the 747th goal of his career and his 1113th career assist on Huberdeau’s goal enabled him to finish the contest with a team best 58 points this season and l860 for his career. Jagr now trails Mark Messier’s second best career total of 1887 points by 27.
Panthers TV play by play man Steve Goldstein appreciates the history he calls on a nightly basis:
The incredible Jaromir Jagr. 25 goals this season, 1 time since 07-08.
#FlaPanthers 17-1-2 when he scores. Privileged to call his games.
Jaromir Jagr has scored 8 goals after turning 44. The only player to score more goals after turning 44 in NHL history is Gordie Howe.
This interesting piece of trivia links Jagr and Trocheck:
When Vince Trocheck was a kid, he’d trick-or-treat at Jagr‘s house. Tonight, he scored his 25th goal of the season. So did Jagr.
Wonder what Jagr gave kids for Halloween when he was a rookie? Probably Kit Kat bars, which were shipped by fans by the thousands in those early years. Friends in the Czech Republic report likes a Kit Kar style wafery bar over there now
No candy for our JAGRometer.com readers today but a couple of sweet articles we found in our ongoing Jagr news search.
Jagr has now eclipsed the 57 points he scored as a rookie with the Penguins in 1990. While his total was middle of the pack on that Cup-winning team, his 58 points to date leads the first-place Florida Panthers, a team without Mario Lemieux, Mark Reechi, Kevin Stevens, Joe Mullen and Bryan Trottier.
And this little jelly bean from @StatsCentre:
The updated Jagr-O-Meter:
Florida starts a three game homestand Tuesday night at BB&T Center when they host Toronto. After that the New Jersey Devils visit Thursday, March 30 and the Montreal Canadiens will be in town Saturday, April 2. Tickets for these three game can be secured at panthers.nhl.com. Also note the Traveling Jagrs will be visiting Sunrise from Calgary for the New Jersey and Montreal games.
No word if Montreal defenseman PK Subban will be healthy enough to play or join the Traveling Jagrs at the Montreal game. Subban paid homage to Jagr at this year’s breakaway challenge during the All-Star game skills competition.
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
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM