TORONTO–The Florida Panthers built a 3-0 lead then had to scramble to protect the victory in a 4-3 win Monday over Toronto.
Two Panthers goals were scored by Rocco Grimaldi, who was also joined on the scoresheet by Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov. Reilly Smith added two assists to give him 49 points and with one more will become the sixth Panther to reach 50 points to join Jaromir Jagr, Jussi Jokinen, Aleksander Barkov, Jonathon Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck.
Dallas, Boston, Nashville and Colorado also have five-50+ point scorers and Smith would make the Panthers the only team with 6.
For Toronto, Colin Greening scored two goals and TJ Brennan one.
Highlights and a detailed wrap up of the game from NHL.com can be seen here.
The Panthers play at Montreal tonight while Tampa Bay host the New York Rangers. A win by Florida and the Rangers would result in the Panthers clinching the Atlantic Division. Both teams have three games remaining between today and Saturday.
No points for Jaromir Jagr Monday, but he was in front of the net trying to play the puck when Barkov scored his-team leading 27th goal in the scramble. The +1 for the game raised him to +20 this season and +27 as a Panther. All season long the baton of Panthers lead goal scorer has changed hands between Jagr, Barkov, Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck. Every time Jagr has scored to even things that game or the next. Three games remain to determine the Panthers goal scoring leader for this season.
The updated Jagr-O-Meter.
While Jagr was held without a point Monday though he did score in the memory department, taking a selfie through the glass during warmups with a fan wearing a #68 jersey from the Pittsburgh Penguins 1992 Stanley cup run. A picture of the selfie can also be seen in the NHL.link provided above.
NBC Sports caught wind of this and look what they’ve posted:
Do you have a selfie with
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Another Jagr fan extended birthday greetings to Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo at the Toronto game
The legend continues…
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