SUNRISE–Home cooking served up a very bad meal Thursday night for the FLorida Panthers who returned to the BB&T Center after a 6-game road trip (1-2-3). Paced by three goals in the first 10 minutes the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins toppled the Panthers 5-1.
Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for the winners. To rub even more salt in the wound, Penguins goalie Matt Murray launched a high arching shot in the final minute at the Panthers empty net, that was pushed into the net by Carl Hagelin, who managed to scored while wearing a Panthers defender like a cape. Not getting the goal was about the only bad thing to happen to Murray all night and he was awarded an assist on the play. The loss dropped the Panthers record to 12-12-4,
The Panthers agony can be reviewed in in detail at nhl.com’s highlight and stat package…
JAGR nets 755, and notches point 1882 in pursuit of Messier’s 1887
Jaromir Jagr scored the 212th power play goal of his career in the second period which cut the Penguins lead to 3-1. It was Jagr’s third power play goal of season and his career total now matches Keith Tkacuk for 12th… It was also Jagr’s sixth goal of the season was Jagr’s 755th career goal and he notched career point 1882. Jagr is now 5 points behind Mark Messier, who retired with 1887 points as the NHL’s second all-time leading scorer… The goal was Jagr’s fourth goal in the last eight games and his fifth in 11 games dating back to his three-point game November 19 in Ottawa.
The play started in the Panthers defensive zone with a diagonal cross-ice pass from Keith Yandle to Aleksander Barkov who soared down the right wing and backhanded a pass through the Penguins goal crease. Jagr was also breaking in on the play and buried the puck before the befuddled Penguins defense knew what happened. The dash by Barkov was the type of play Jagr executed multiple times early in his career and was breathtaking in its speed and execution.
The Panthers go for their first win in more than a week when they host the Vancouver Canucks for a Saturday night game at BB&T Center. Tickets can be safely secured through http://www.panthers.nhl.com.
How low will it go? Mullet looking good in this pre-game shot before Thursday night’s game at BB&T Center. Based on this and other photos we believe the party in the back is 5″ from it’s Mid-90’s magnificence.
After hovering in the $50 range plus shipping range, some Jagr bobbleheads were priced in the high $20’s plus shipping as of Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Still time to get this and other great Jagr memorabilia on ebay in time for the holidays.
Come back for our next edition between the next two Panthers games as the legend continues…
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