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Despite no goals, Jagr has been ‘nothing but a great asset’

May 29, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Boston Bruins stands during a face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Jaromir Jagr may not have a goal in the 2013 playoffs, but Bruins head coach Claude Julien has no issues with the 41-year-old’s performance.

“I think it’s unfortunate that his numbers don’t reflect his play,” Julien said, per the Boston Herald. “I can remember twice he’s got the open net, right next to it, and gets robbed twice. It has to be a little frustrating for a guy like him. He’s there, he’s in the right position, he’s made a lot of good things happen with that line. Bergeron started producing when (Jagr) got on it, again for all the reasons I’ve been saying the last couple of weeks.

“He’s been good, his attitude’s been great. He works hard, he does extra. He’s in it for the right reasons. His experience and what he means in our dressing room, what he’s done in his career and how the other players look at him, he’s been nothing but a great asset.”

Jagr has been credited with 36 shots in the playoffs, tied for 16th among all postseason participants. His advanced statistics also suggest he’s doing a lot of good things out there.

In a related story, Boston teammate Tyler Seguin finally bulged the twine in Game 4 of the Rangers series.

If Jagr keeps playing the same way, it shouldn’t be long before he pots one against the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

Related: It sounds like Jaromir Jagr isn’t ready to retire

  1. nunan - May 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I think we’ll see Seguin move back to the 2nd line before the end of this series. CJ has a tendency to switch things up, like he has by putting Seguin on the 3rd line, but then revert back to his original lines. Seguin has been on that second line for a year and a half. He’ll end up back there. Same story with the Krejci line, which is why they’ve been together for almost three years. It’d be the right move too. Need his speed in order to stick with whatever line they’re matched up against…probably the Crosby line.

    • nunan - May 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      It would also allow him more rest. He’d still get plenty of ice time but not as much. Then throw him on the PP, where he has the most impact. They need their top two lines operating on full tilt though..that only happens with Seguin.

  2. sportsfreak13 - May 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    You are an embarrassment to all true pens fans. That “hack” helped deliver 2 Stanley cups to Pittsburgh so show some respect.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      whoa his comment disappeared?? Was he banned? Please tell me he was banned.

      • nunan - May 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        I noticed that…weird. I was going to give him the ol’ thumbs down.

      • kmacle - May 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Good.

      • drone501 - May 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        missed it. what did he say.

  3. bigbadbruins77 - May 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    One of the best ever. Glad we have him

  4. jpelle82 - May 29, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    he was my favorite player for the longest time and i always rooted for him (except in philly). i’m czech on my mother’s side and i loved it when the pens had him, straka, lang, nedved for a while. dont like him as much anymore but still respect what he did for the club. hope he continues to play old man jagr mode where he holds onto the puck too long protecting it with his ass until he gets tired and then eventually loses it behind the net to someone. thats what i’m rooting for now.

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