by Tom Morgan

Jaromir Jagr keeps reaching milestones and the Florida Panthers keep winning games.

Jagr ended a goal-scoring drought and had two assists - including the 1,100th of his career -  in Florida' s 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.

Vincent Trocheck scored twice and had an assist and Jagr ended an
eight-game goal drought in the Panthers' fifth straight win.

Florida has scored at least five goals
in each of its last four games, the first time that's happened in
franchise history.

Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots for his ninth straight win on home ice.

Brandon Pirri, Aleksander Barkov and Derek MacKenzie also scored
for the Panthers.

In other state sports news...

  • Daiquan Walker knocked down six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points and UCF ended a three-game losing streak with a 70-62 win over Tulane on Thursday night. A.J. Davis added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Knights, who are now 5-4 in the American Conference.
  • Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon will take part in the dunk contest during NBA All-star weekend on Feb. 13th in Toronto.
  • Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has  been named to the eight-team NBA All-Star three-point shooting contest. Bosh is currently ranked 35th in the NBA in three-point conversions.
  • Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle. Stewart-Haas Racing says Stewart sustained the injury last Sunday. The team said he is expected to make a full recovery and race this year, but he will definitely miss what was expected to be his final Daytona 500.
  • Tampa Bay Rays reliever Drew Smyly has won the first major league salary arbitration case of the year and will receive $3.75 million this season. The Rays argued for a $3.2 million package after Smyly went 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts last year, missing time with shoulder tendinitis and a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Tampa Bay had been 6-0 in arbitration hearings.