Saturday Night Redemption
SUNRISE==The confounding Florida Panthers followed Friday’s loss to the struggling New York Islanders with a thrilling 4-3 win Saturday night over Columbus at BB&T Center.
Shawn Thornton scored his first goal of the season in the the first while Vincent Trocheck and Jon Marchessault added second-period goals as the Panthers. .Jaromir Jagr’s 757’th goal added an insurance marker early in the third period,which became the winning goal as Columbus tried to catch the Panthers The goal extended Jagr’s NHL record total of game winning goals to 134
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Jagr now has 1895 points and tied for second in team scoring
Jagr’s goal was his eight of the season and 757th of his career as well as game winning goal 134, extending his NHL record. #68 is now at 1895 points. Red-hot Trochech has taken over the team lead in scoring with a team -best 14 goals among hiss 29 points. Jon Marchessault’s 13 goals trail Trocheck by one. Marchassault and Jagr notched points with goals Saturday night, enabling them to match injured Aleksander Barkov’s 27 points for second in team scoring.
Panthers catch Toronto and Ottawa with 48 points*
The Panthers won three of four game last week to raise their record to 20-17-8 for 48 points through 45 games. Toronto and Ottawa also have 48 points but are seated ahead of the Panthers because they have only played 41 games each. Boston holds second in the Atlantic with 51 points. As it stands now Toronto, Ottawa and Florida are battling for the third division playoff spot. The slumping Flyers with 50 points have put the second and final wild card spot up for grabs for one of those teams.
*Four games in hand puts the Leafs and Sens ahead of the Panthers.
Florida hits the road for four games including in three in Western Canada…
Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Calgary
Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Edmonton
Friday, Jan. 20 at Vancouver
Monday, Jan. 23 at Arizona
…And that means some appearances by the Traveling Jagrs!
Dallas Stars Jagr (@68isgr8 on Twitter) confirmed Satruday night that the Traveling Jagrs will be in uniform for the Florida Panthers games at Calgary and Edmonton. The game at Vancouver is still being considered due to some family obligations but with a little luck, there could be a Traveling Jagrs’ hat trick this week!
Look for the Traveling Jagrs in the crowd during this week’s games. It’s a little extra incentive to stay up for games that start after 9 pm eastern!
More updates from jagrometer.com as…..The Legend Continues
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