PITTSBURGH–The Florida Panthers allowed two third period goals as the Penguins rallied for a 3-2 victory Tueday night at PPG Paints Arena.
It was the first game of the season for Penguins star Sidney Crosby who scored the Penguins first goal on a Pittsburgh powerplay when he was left uncovered 20′ from the net. Jaromir Jagr played in career game 1635 to tie Scott Stevens for 7th all time.
The full nhl.com report can be seen here. https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/fla-vs-pit/2016/10/25/2016020086#game=2016020086,game_state=final
Before the game Jagr was presented with a plaque made from the stainless steel roof of the Civic Arena, the rink Jagr called home for 11 seasons and where he won two Stanley Cups and five scoring titles.
It was a rare display of class by the Penguins toward Jagr since they lowballed him during contract negotiations to overpay inferior players when he returned from the KHL in 2011. This has started an exodus for the future Hall of Famer that has included stops in Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, New Jersey and now Florida. It’s worked out okay for Jagr whose popularity has soared worldwide since his return from playing three seasons in Russia.
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The Panthers play in Toronto Thursday, Buffalo Saturday and Detroit Sunday. The up to date Jagr-o-meter through the Pittsburgh game. Tonights game with the Maple Leafs will provide Florida with their first look at Toronto’s phenom rookie Auston Matthews.