@FlaPanthers top @PredsNHL, try to catch Boston Saturday; @68Jagr at 1893 points after assist in 2-1 victory

SUNRISE–The Florida Panthers completed their fourth 10-segment of the season with a 4-2-4 record after Jon Marchessault scored late in regulation  Friday evening to give the Cats a 2-1 victory over visiting Nashville at BB&T Center.

Panthers vs. Boston; Cats match Bruins with regulation win

The win gives Florida  (17-15-8-4)  a chance to match the season point total of tonight’s opponent, the Boston Bruins (20-17-4-44), with a regulation win in the final game of a three-game homestand. Should the Cats win, Boston would still hold the higher position in the standings with more regulation/overtime wins (18-14). Losses by Toronto and Ottawa could see all four teams tied with 44 points, with Ottawa and Toronto (with three games in hand) holding the second and third slots in the division.

Highlights from Winnipeg game

Craig McKegg’s scored for the second straight game to stake the Cats to a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Highlights and expanded game coverage from nhl.com can be seen here…

https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/nsh-vs-fla/2017/01/06/2016020585#game=2016020585,game_state=final

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Jaromir Jagr reaches around Filip Forsberg in Friday’s game vs. Nashville. Unlilke some of his teammates, Forsberg demonstrated an ability to maintain his balance while contesting an opponent for the puck. 

The win was a nice turnabout from what often seemed like a lethargic team when a well-rested squad dropped a 4-1 decision  Wednesday evening to Winnipeg, a loss so numbing that the Panthers denizens of twitter were too aghast to muster up the energy for interim coach Tom Rowe to be dismissed as they do after every loss and even after some victories.

Panthers through 40 games

The Jagrometer.com 10-game segment chart shows the progress of the team and Jaromir Jagr, now updated through 40 games.

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Jaromir Jagr collects 1893rd career point on Marchessault’s winning goal

That, and the win created joy for the locals of Jagr Appreciation night, which was originally slated as a celebration of Jagr’s recent accomplishment of becoming the second leading scorer of all-time when he assisted on a goal Dec. 22 vs. Boston. The tragedy at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood international airport prompted the Panthers to scale back the celebration but still play the game.

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Last night’s assist means an update to the Jagr-O-Meter.

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What was engraved on Jagr’s golden stick?

Jagrometer.com recently discovered an nhl.com photo of the inscription on the gold stick given to Jagr when he passed Mark Messier to become the NHL’s 2nd leading scorer of all-time.

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We close this edition with the same photo that headlined our previous edition. Jagr is the only player who could sport both the 75th anniversary patch (which he wore with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1991-92 season)  as well as the 100th Anniversary patch worn by all NHL players since Jan. 1.

Remember, this is only a mockup!

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The Legend Continues…

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