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Jagr, Marchand click as Bruins blow out Canes

Apr 8, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins might not totally know what to do with Tyler Seguin right now, but it seems like they’ve stumbled upon an unlikely scoring duo in Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand.

Jagr set up two Marchand goals on Monday as the Boston Bruins poured even more salt in the wounds of the slumping Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 6-2.

Marchand described the advantages of playing with a future Hall of Famer who could very well have something left in the tank.

“He knows the right plays to make,” Marchand said. “He makes it easy to adapt and play with him.”

The blowout probably obscures the fact that Tuukka Rask had another excellent night, stopping 42 out of 44 shots. Another guy who might slip under the radar is Dennis Seidenberg; “The Pain Sponge” managed three assists tonight.

The Bruins are now just a point behind the Montreal Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead and the East’s second seed while the Hurricanes drop to 1-9-1 in their last 11 games (and have lost four in a row).

  1. nunan - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I could see that line working when Bergeron returns. It’s like Jagr replacing Recchi in a way. I still want to see Seguin with Krejci on a regular basis but it’s clear they aren’t going to change the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line no matter what happens. I would like Lucic to play on the third line because he looks so lost out there and just needs to get back to his checking, north-south skating style. Making that change effects the line-up in other ways though, like forcing a right wing to take his left wing spot. At the same time, I’d like Seguin to move up to that top line so he can play with Krejci. Soderberg is apparently close to being signed so we’ll see what happens when he gets to Boston. The 3rd line could end up being pretty talented.

  2. mgp1219 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    As a B’s fan, I don’t see this blowout as meaning very much. Carolina sucks and the Bruins once again gave up 40+ shots on goal. Too many turnovers. Often times too lax in their defensive zone. They can’t win playoff games playing this way. I hope things change in a hurry (not the first time this season I’ve said that).

    • nunan - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      It was a step forward…it’s not all going to happen at once but let’s hope, at the very least, they have gained some confidence from the game. If they come back Wednesday and revert back to the old, lackluster style, then this game tonight didn’t mean anything. Have to build off it. Only 11 games left.

      • mcmurphy22 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        Step forward is a good way to look at it. We got Kelly back, when Bergy comes back your once again playing with the top defensive forwards, when they play their game hopefully the rest follow suit. Offense looked better, getting a few breakouts together, which we havent seen a lot of. Sometimes….you just need a slumpbuster, hopefully Carolina was just that.

    • pastabelly - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      I agree that the Bruins play is disturbing, at best. The 40+ shots on goal has been commonplace since Bergeron went out and Jagr came in. This is no freaking coincidence. This team will do NOTHING without their best player (and probably the unofficial captain) and that is Bergeron. Tuukka was amazing last night. The rest of the team was sloppy and demoting Seguin to the 3rd line is foolish in both the short and long terms.

    • deeboy - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      No Ward, no Faulk, no Semin. It was ugly. Even with those guys out, if Carolina got average NHL goaltending this one would have been interesting. The Canes goalies were beyond horrible.

  3. ryanw822 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Carolina is always getting 35-40 shots a game though.

    • mgp1219 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      OK, but the B’s are consistently giving up 40+ shots a game lately. If they could hold onto the puck, perhaps the opposition wouldn’t get so many shots on them.

  4. govtminion - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    If they’d lost, I’d have been floored. As bad as Carolina is right now (hey, losing Ward was bound to hurt), if Boston had lost this it would have been horrifying.

    Those line combinations make my head hurt. But, they worked- who knew there would be chemistry between Jagr and Marchand?

    • tdrusher225 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      I’m not sure its chemistry as much as a skilled playmaker playing with a good player in Marchand. That and the Carolina goalie blows. But I think Jagr has the ability to make everyone around him better. Which is why I really want to see him with Krejci.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    This misuse of lines is going to cost them soon. You can’t have a 4th line center on your 2nd line. Put Seguin there and deal with the growing pains

  6. dolanster - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I thought Campbell did very well between Jags and March. He hangs high, is responsible on D, and can go from crease to crease with speed. Let’s the other 2 get creative. Bumping Seguin to the third line with Kelly all of a sudden makes that line a scoring threat. Having Pev, with speeds and smarts, makes surviving the 4th line shifts more feasible. Thumbs up to Claude. Now if we can only get that Swedish kid signed so we can start scratching Caron. WTF is up with Redden and why is he not in there instead of ‘own-goal’ Bartowski?

  7. myroncopesflask - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    I will wonder aloud for a moment… Do the Flyers and their fans realize they let the only real offensive talent their city has has seen in 20 years walk away. Jagr at the ripe age of 68 made those angry gingers respectable. Now that he is gone they are just angry red people.

  8. tlndma - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Can’t blame Seguin for his offense sliding, when he’s playing with two offensively challenged players like Paille and Kelly. They are both good in their own zone and good on the PK but, as scorers or playmakers, not so much. Mr. Magoo, will put it all on Seguin though.

  9. dropthepuckeh - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    I have to agree with the folks who don’t see this as much of a statement. Carolina lost more than the Bruins won. Their goaltending is horrible and they looked disinterested a good chunk of the game. Claude needs to figure out what he is doing with the lines because it will be tough for them to develop any chemistry once the playoffs begin. Jagr is exciting to watch, I guess, but the rest of the team (maybe not Marchand) seems to stand around and watch him like little kids. Jagr will not be the answer if the rest of the team can’t get back to their hard playing ways.

    Right now the team is giving up close to 40 shots nightly, still flailing on the few PP chances they get, and seemingly unable to protect any lead, not matter how good. Worse, they look tried or uninterested. As a B’s fan I really hope they turn it around bc I will be very disappointed with a first round exit.

  10. mclovinhockey - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Jagr the highly respected NHL soon to be hall of fame player.
    Marchand, one of the least respected players in the game due to his multiple dives, ducks/ clips.

    Who would have guessed this odd couple makes such a great match. (Sounds like a TV show haha)

    • amerika1313 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      I don’t know that he’s one of the least respected guys in the game. Players (and fans) can dislike a guy and still respect his ability to do his job. I mean, Marchand’s 16-16-32. That’s not too bad. The first guy that comes to mind for me that fits that description like Marchand does is PK Subban. He’s a great skater, has a great shot, and is a passionate guy. I respect the heck out of him, but I can’t stand him because of the times I’ve watched him dive to get calls and act like a tough guy when there’s a ref between him and the guy he’s jawing at. I’ll bet that guys around the league get irritated at Subban and Marchand, but I doubt that many of them don’t respect 76 and 63 because of their effectiveness.

    • pastabelly - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Marchand is a young kid and has given up the diving and cheap hits. Get over it. He’s now just one of the better players in the league with an incredible release on his shot and decent speed. I respect him more for cleaning up his game.

  11. gallyhatch - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    pastabelly hit the nail on the head.

    The anti-Marchand / anti-Bruins contingent are hard pressed to come up with examples of cheap shots & dives from Marchand this year. The kid has turned his game around, much to my surprise. (I’ve had a hard time rooting for Marchand the last couple of years, but this year he really is playing respectably)

    I also agree with the other comments that last night was more about the ‘Canes than the Bruins. . . . if the B’s can put together 3 or 4 games like that, then we will be in business, but until then, I am really nervous about this team going into the playoffs.

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