The Florida Panthers qualified for only the second time this century for hockey’s Stanley Cup playoffs, getting help from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday who defeated closest contender in the Atlantic Division the Boston Bruins. The only other year Florida qualified this century was in 2011/12. Florida is home to legendary Czech player Jaromír Jágr, who won two back-to-back Stanley Cups at the start of his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins and later came close with the Boston Bruins. Jágr, 44, has had an excellent regular season with 26 goals and 62 points; fellow player Brian Campbell expressed confidence that Florida would continue to improve with four games remaining in the regular season.
The Czech players Jaromír Jágr and Jiří Hudler both scored for Florida Panthers on Saturday night in the club's 5:2 win over local rivals Tampa Bay Lightning. Jágr also notched up an assist. The 44-year-old's goal was his 25th of the season and he is the highest-scoring and most productive Czech in the NHL so far this season. Jágr has two more points than David Krejčí, whose two assists for Boston on Saturday in a 3:1 win over Toronto helped end a five-game losing streak.
Forward Tomáš Fleischmann got a goal in the Chicago Blackhawks' win on Friday over the Winnipeg Jets. In the game, defenceman Michal Rozsíval also picked up an assist. The Blackhawks won by a final score of 4:0. Goalie Ondřej Pavelec was in net for the Jets for all of Chicago's goals; he stopped 32 shots.
After Radek Faksa of the Dallas Stars, Tomáš Nosek of the Detroit Red Wings, Jakub Nakládal of the Calgary Flames, Colorado goalie Roman Will, Dominik Simon became the fifth Czech rookie to make his NHL debut this year. The player, who had been playing well with the club’s farm team (the WBS Penguins) was called up by the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Rangers. The Pens won the game 5:3, with Simon getting an assist.
Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr picked up assist in the Florida Panthers’ loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday, pushing the legendary Gordie Howe to fourth spot on NHL all-time points list. On Monday night the 44-year-old Czech legend set up the game’s opening goal to reach 1851 points. Jágr is now 36 points behind the second-place record set by Mark Messier. The Panthers are second in the Atlantic division, behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Veteran ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has tied the legendary Gordie Howe for third place on the NHL all-time list with 1,850 points. The 44-year-old Florida Panthers forward picked up an assist on an Erik Gudbranson goal against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. The Czech currently has 743 goals and 1,107 assists in 1,611 NHL games, which puts him 37 points behind Mark Messier and 1,007 behind Wayne Gretzky.
Three Czech goalies saw action in the National Hockey League on Tuesday but only one, Petr Mrázek, had a winning night. He let in just one goal in 29 shots to see the Red Wings defeat Columbus. Philadelphia’s Michal Neuwirth allowed three goals against Carolina; the final score was 3:1, while the Winnipeg Jets’ Ondrej Pavelec allowed five in his team’s loss 5:3 to Dallas.
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