SAN JOSE–Jaromir Jagr turned 45 today and he won’t be taking the night off on his birthday. The Florida Panthers begin a four-game road trip against the Sharks as part of their frantic push to qualify for the post-season. The Panthers (58 points) began Wednesday trailing Boston by six points for third in the Atlantic Division. The wild card prospects are nearly just as challenging as the Toronto Maple Leafs have a five point advantage over the Panthers.
An added attraction for Jagr stat hounds is that the legend enters tonight’s game with 1899 points.
The Los Angeles Times published a feature article on the birthday man, where he assured the writer what he’s been telling people all season–he wants to play until he’s 55. It was pretty good reading which you can access at the link.
This tweet originally came out after Jagr passed Mark Messier to become the NHL’s second all time leading scorer after recording his 1888th point and was sent out by hockey writer Nick Cotsonika:
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Panthers still aiming for playoffs with all major players healthy
The Panthers playoff hopes hinge on Jagr and his linemates Aleksander Barkov and Jonothan Huberdeau continuing the form they’ve shown in three games since the latter two resumed playing following injuries. When the dynamic trio is in top form, defenders must divide their attention between them and Florida’s other two scoring lines, with team scoring leader Vincent Trocheck centering the second line and left wing Jon Marchessault, the Panthers second leading scorer on the third line.
Previous game: Florida 7-Nashville 4
Jaromir Jagr scored his 1899th point with his 10th goal of the season, which was also his 759th career goal. Check out the highlights of Jagr’s nifty deflection on the Panthers first goal in the highlights and extended coverage from nhl.com.
Will Jagr get point 1900 tonight? Tune in tonight as The Legend Continues….
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