SUNRISE–In a game with young stars Aleksander Barkov of Florida and Jack Eichel of Buffalo, it was two long-time shining stars who were the Jedi Masters on Star Wars night at the BB&T Center as the Florida Panthers beat the Buffalo 4-3 in a shootout.
Roberto Luongo won his 447th career NHL game to tie #5 Terry Sawchuck. Late in the game with the Panthers trailing Jaromir Jagr stole the in the right wing corner , skated out and found Barkov, who fed Nick Bjugstad for his first goal of the season. Jagr’s third assist of the game was his 1887th career point and enabled the Panthers to eventually win the game with Barkov’s goal in the shootout.
After the game Jagr noted that he likes to make plays so fans will come and enjoy the games.For fans of Jagr, who played tje equivalent of a Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, has become a breath of fresh air in Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, New Jersey and now for 131 games, a Florida Panther. When reporters asked Jagr after practice how it was to be back home, the well-traveled Jagr said, “Everywhere is home.”
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Jagr goes for career point 1888 vs. Boston
The Panthers (15-13-5-35) are fifth in the Atlantic Division and have won two straight games. The Cats host third-place Boston (17-14-3-37) Thursday night at BB&T Center. . Tickets for this important game and possibly the milestone 1888th point of Jagr’s career can be secured at panthers.nhl.com. The Panthers close out the week friday when they host the Detroit Red Wings.
Jagr needs three assists to catch Paul Coffey’s fifth all-time best total of 1135.
will Jagr break the tie in the Panthers next game vs. Boston? Find out in the next edition of Jagrometer.com as….The Legend Continues!
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