Panthers’ Bjugstad: Top line is like ‘Harlem Globetrotters on ice’

Florida Panthers veteran Jaromir Jagr, second from left, has done quite a bit of celebrating with Jonathan Huberdeau, left, and Aleksander Barkov (16) this season.
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Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad showered impressive praise on the team’s top line, going so far as to equate it with a legendary basketball team.

Bjugstad certainly got an eyeful of the line’s magic on Tuesday as the Atlantic Division-leading Panthers posted their fourth straight victory with a 5-2 triumph over the Washington Capitals. Jonathan Huberdeau collected two goals and an assist, Aleksander Barkov had one of each and veteran Jaromir Jagr set up a tally for Florida (30-15-5).

The dominating performance reminded Bjugstad of another team that routinely gets the better of a club based out of Washington.

“They're like the Harlem Globetrotters on ice right now, toying around out there. I got to join the fun a little bit.”

Huberdeau, who leads the team with 27 assists and 37 points, has scored three goals and set up as many during his last four games.

Barkov (14 goals, 19 assists) has two goals and three assists during his four-game point streak.

As for Jagr, well, the numbers speak for themselves (737 career goals, 1,099 assists and 1,836 points).