SUNRISE–It has been a joyous week for fans of Jaromir Jagr as the NHL media has paid tribute to his accomplishment of tying Mark Messier with 1887 points as a result of his three assist performance in the Panthers 4-3 shootout win over Buffalo at BB&T Center.
When the Boston Bruins (17-14-3) visit the Florida Panthers (15-13-5-35) the Cats will have a chance to match the Bruins 37 points with a regulation win. Jagr will try to break the tie in career points with Messier against a team that added him to the roster for their 2013 playoff drive that saw Chicago claim their second Stanley Cup of the decade at the Bruins and Jagr’s expense.
Relive the highlights of Tuesday night courtesy of nhl.com…
What’s next for Jagr?
One point to reach 1888 and claim second place all for himself. Perhaps Mark Messier will be in attendance to see if it happens tonight or tomorrow when the Panthers host Detroit.
Three assists to tie Paul Coffey as the fifth all-time setup man with 1135..
13 points to reach 1,900 which is a nice round number only achieved by Wayne Gretzky.
Jagr doesn’t expect to catch Gretzky
THE AP published a nice article on Jagr. Read it and learn how many different NHL arenas jagr has played in–another NHL record.
New Yorker describes part of the Jagr experience in Czech
Not everyone has been riding the Jagr Express since 1990 like your jagrometer.com editor, but a newer fan describes her experience and like the rest of us, appreciates that every game with Jagr is yet another blessing from the hockey gods.
A well-known Canadian reporter said it was unknown whether Jagr would continue playing fort the Florida Panthers after this season. Anyone that’s paid attention knows that since returning from the KHL for the 2011-12 season that Jagr and his representatives have sought out the best situation for the Legend on a year by year basis. So the fact his future beyond the end of this season is not known, is true, but nothing unusual if the last five years are taken into consideration. He enjoys playing for the Panthers and produces as he was the team’s leading scorer last season with 66 points. After a slow start that plagued the entire team, he has started to come along in recent weeks. He’s figured out how to manage his age and adapt his game to the faster players surrounding him. Last season Jagr closed out the campaign with 32 points in his final 32 games and here’s hoping he can do it again.
The Legend Continues…
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