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Jagr’s key role in Bruins’ double-OT win is historic

Jun 6, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Brad Marchand #63 and Zdeno Chara #33 after scoring the game winning goal in overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on June 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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At the age of 41 and in his 26th minute of play in double overtime, Jaromir Jagr battled with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the puck along the boards.

He won that fight — although some would argue he should have ended up with a hooking penalty — and that led to Patrice Bergeron‘s game-winning goal, 95:19 minutes into the contest.

Bergeron sees Jagr battling along the boards as the perfect example of everyone buying into the Bruins’ system.

“He’s pretty much a legend,” Bergeron said, “he’s a guy that’s going to be in the Hall of Fame at some point, and he’s doing the little thing right there just to fight for the puck, and you notice that as a teammate, and it goes a long way, as I said, and we all need to do that.”

How far the Bruins will get remains to be seen, but Jagr’s efforts in this series are already historic. With three assists in his last two games, Jagr has tied Paul Coffey for fifth place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points leaderboard.

Both players have 196 points, but passing Coffey would probably be the last move he can make on that list. Glenn Anderson’s hold on fourth place with 214 points seems safe for now.

If you want to see Bergeron’s winner and the setup by Jagr, here it is:

  1. maalea - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    1st ballot HOFer.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      ha. thanks captain obvious.

    • polegojim - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Jagr may not have a ton of points in these playoffs…. but the guy is delivering exactly what the Bruins hoped for and needed.

      Savvy, toughness, skill.

      Unlike… Parise… Iginla… Heatley… Morrow…

      The most solid teams all during the playoffs are those who ‘BUILT’ what they have… not BUY it.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        lol…so the bruins didnt try to BUY iginla with the “better deal”? you cant have it both ways. you wanna give iginla a hard time for “screwing over” the bruins who tried to “buy” him and went all in to get him, but then say your organization built it with jagr instead. asanine. everyone builds their team, there’s a salary cap, no one buys a championship in the nhl.

      • polegojim - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Sorry jpelle –

        Wrong on the ‘no one tries to buy a championship in the NHL’…
        Wrong on the ‘i wanna give Iginla a hard time’ too… I have no issue with Iginla…

        Pens ‘bought and brought’ what…about half-a-dozen… to make run ‘this year’… and none of them are making any measurable difference… except maybe Doug… who had the LEAST level of expectations on him.

  2. spitfisher - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    He has lost some steps, he bigger @ 230 lbs, but he can still play hockey, stays away from the physical stuff, uses his reach and body really effective, his on ice vision is still there and makes some sweet tape to tape passes.

    Great for Jagr, great for the Bs…..

    Iginla who?

    • ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      i think “Iginla who?” might be a bit strong. there would be people saying the opposite if he was able to finish that through the legs windmill deke right in front of Tuuka. either way, I’m more of a Jagr fan too. that guy is amazing.

      • spitfisher - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        There was reporting of Crosby playing a role in convincing J.I. to go to pittsburg,obviously the briuins offer was better, Cherelli was informed it was a done deal, only to have JI go to pittsburg for a lesser deal after speaking with Cindy. and yet some belived we took something off the “day old bread ” rack by “settling” for Jagr

        No doubt JI is very talented, no dispute there, the irony is how this possibly is all panning out based on his decision and crosby’s assertions.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        it has nothing to do with the trade situation, it has everything to do with the bruins being the better team right now. iginla couldve scored had a hat trick in game 2 and the pens still wouldve lost that game. jagr was pick pocketed twice by crosby in lazy efforts in this game and if he hadnt hooked malkin it wouldve been another turnover – he gets a veteran benefit of the doubt non call and now he’s the hero. if he got called or malkin had gotten the puck cleanly he couldve been the goat in the same breath, dont get ahead of yourself, he hasnt been the difference iginla has been for the pens this year.

    • nunan - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Iginla, and probably most players they could have brought in, would have thrived with the Bs. It happened to be Jagr. I don’t really think it is the player as much as it is this team and how they all pull together. Anyone could thrive in that situation.

  3. ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    i, for one, love to see penguins opponents not get called for what should probably be penalties. not sarcasm.

    • nunan - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      They were letting A LOT go…nobody should be surprised.

      • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Haha after Lucic’s choking of Cooke not getting called until there was retaliation and both guys went, nothing should have surprised anyone.

        The hook should not have been called.

      • grilledjesus - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Or the punches to the back of Charas head by Malkin, or the punch to Charas chest by Cooke, or Malkin taking a run at Rask.

      • nunan - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        exactly…a lot was being let go. The players know that is the situation. Game should be decided by players not a ticky tack call.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        jesus f*** do you guys ever shut the hell up about penalties? it’s hockey for f***s sake, not soccer. quit crying.

        and I can’t say i’ve seen season20122013 or grilledjesus whine before, i’m just sick of it on this site altogether. it’s like a team can’t just WIN a game. there’s always people that claim the ref LOST the game for the other team.

      • nunan - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        You know everyone is agreeing with you, right?

      • laxman1944 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Amen “ibieiniid”

        It’s the playoffs and it’s a war of attrition and the last team standing gets the cup.

        Boston has an overall more balanced team that focuses on defense.

        Pitt has goal tending and blue line issues (I mentioned as playoffs began and was promptly killed for saying) and there just not playing like a team.

        Where is Mr. 1975 at??……..He can really dish it out…..

      • grilledjesus - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        I’m not whining, just pointing out that there was noncalls on both sides. Off setting minors for Cooke and Lucic was the right call IMO. Lucic took out Cooke after he tried to engage Chara who was already getting hit by Malkin from behind. Thats what good teammates do.

    • pens5829 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Just another loser with access to mom’s keyboard.

  4. heyzeus143 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    He’s pretty much a prick

    • blastfurnaceknows - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Agreed. This is not the lesson I was taught when I was young. I was told good things happen to good people. And Jagr is a BAD, money-obsessed, dishonest person. Maybe it is all the off-ice gambling. Anyway, the “lesson” obviously doesn’t apply here. He is a PRICK.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        you’re judging this guy for gambling? get a life.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        No- he’s judging this guy based on things that well are over a decade old, probably close to two. I am sure he has never talked to the guy either.

        You do realize that you are talking about a guy(kid) who was 17 years old when communism fell in Czechoslovakia. You think, just for a second, that maybe, just maybe you might be “money-obsessed” if you grew up with virtually nothing and then a year later you are in North America scoring at 30 goals for the next 16 straight years.

        who cares if he gambles? it’s his money, he earned it.

        Why is he bad?
        why is he dishonest?

        is it because he has more money and talent than you?

        did he get laid more than you?

      • dboldave - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        How do you know Jagr?

      • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        pepper, dont get butthurt over a guy who has been on your team for 2 months. he is a prick, did you just start watching hockey in 2011? i have read and seen hundreds of hours of footage, articles, expose’s, bio’s, headlines, etc on jaromir jagr since he came into the league. he’s taken money over anything else his entire career, he’s screwed over teams for money and he’s screwed over people outside of hockey over money his entire life. he doesnt pay his taxes, he doesnt pay his debts, and actually tried to say someone else “used his password” for online gambling debts. google jagr’s charity….there isnt any. dont try to defend him by saying he came from a tough country, my grandparents came here from czechoslovakia and they weren’t wealthy landowners like jagr’s grandparents were. i know why he wears it and i know the significance of the number 68, i’m pretty familiar with the history of that country but theres thousands of athletes who have come from worse situations than he and are exceptional people. great player and i always loved him as a penguin especially because of our shared heritage and my western pa roots but he’s an average at best person at life, i’ve accepted that as an adult, i didnt have that childlike adoration for him anymore after years of seeing repeatedly what he is all about.

      • laxman1944 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Are you serious??

        I’m still pissed The Flyers did not pay him……this guy is all about TEAM he was great in the room last year.

        He may have lost a step but the leadership he brings to the team is priceless.

        You my friend are just flat out wrong.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        yeah he was all about the philly locker room when he left to go to the doormat dallas stars for a 20% raise

      • grilledjesus - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Mike Mattua on Jagr last week on the radio: “Pretty sure he’s a guy that turns his phone off on fathers day.”

      • laxman1944 - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Hey Pelle…’s called FREE agency and he wanted to go to the highest bidder. I don’t fault him for that……it’s quite obvious that you still quite bitter that he chose not to come back to Pitt.

        Get over it already would you…..sheesh

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Everyone I know who has met him has nothing but amazing things to say about how nice he is. He and Chara were playing basketball with neighborhood kids in the North End before this round. Sounds like a very terrible person

  5. pepper2011 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Doc sounded like he won the lottery when Kunitz scored. I feel like I am watching the Pittsburgh broadcast. Where is Andy Brickley? I guess Olczyk has been ok, but Doc… Jack Edwards is more unbiased.

    • polegojim - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      NHL and it’s cronies are rooting for their poster-boy Sid.

      I have no issue with a broadcaster having a ‘favorite’… but C’MON MAN, don’t make it so obvious.

      • dboldave - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        I was laughing last night when Olczyk was yelling that the Bruins had too many men on the ice. It felt like he was yelling to the refs from the booth!

      • dboldave - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        I was laughing last night when Olczyk was yelling that the Bruins had too many men on the ice. It felt like he was yelling to the refs from the booth!

        NBCSports is not great for hockey, I don’t know many that like it. I know I hate when there is a scrum after the whistle and rather than show it they show a shot of the benches or a close up of the goalie that is nowhere near the action.

    • joestemme - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Doc is pretty annoying most of the time, anyway. Cripes, he screams at a scoring chance in an exhibition game in September like it’s Game 7 of the finals. After all these years, you’d think he’d learn how to modulate!

      As biased as these guys appear, it still was better than having to watch the Canadian feed on NBCsports during the Bruins-Toronto series. When the Bruins came back in game 7 it sounded like they were broadcasting from a funeral.

    • rogersjd16 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      I don’t disagree one bit with the clear bias, but you can’t say Doc’s call on Bergie’s winner wasn’t awesome. He went nuts. Perfect escalation as the play was developing down the side boards with Marchand and the climatic end when the puck hit the net.

      Eddie is definitely the most guilty. Pierre has his moments but he makes up for them. He just seems to gush over everyone at some point.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Screw Jagr…I loved him as a penguins but once he became two faced and was traded I hated him. His number will be retired by the Pens….someday which it should be.

    • bruins18 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Two faced?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      I don’t know much about him as a person, but I’ve always enjoyed his play. And he’s five wins away from an amazing record: I believe he’d be the first player to win Stanley Cups 22 years apart!

  7. pastabelly - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Seems like I was lucky to be at the game as opposed to hearing Doc Emerick and crew root for this series to get extended and keep their golden boy alive in these playoffs. If I’m not mistaken, it was Boston-Vancouver that delivered record ratings for NBC and not anything from Pittsburgh.

    As far as Jagr goes, I get it. It’s how Red Sox fans felt when they saw Johnny Damon in a Yankees uniform. I’m pretty confident in believing that Penguins fans dislike the Flyers in the same way Sox fans hate the Yankees. You believe that Jagr crossed that line in going to Philadelphia. Pro sports is just different these days. Players will go to a situation where they feel comfortable. Time will heal the wounds and Jagr will be remembered as one your Big 3 along with Lemieux and Crosby. As a Bruins fan, Jagr is a short term and very expensive rental. Next year, he’ll be somewhere else or retired.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Perhaps in 50 years my grandchildren will be more forgiving, but for the past 2 years Jagr has been atop my sh!t list. Jagr has taken years off my life these past two playoff seasons. I was still holding out hope that Mario Lemieux would drift down from the press box, pick up a stick, and send a perfect saucer pass across the ice to Jagr where he rips off his Bruins jersey and skates down to score top shelf on Rask and saves the series. Instead he sent the dagger through my heart. Some girls have bad-boy boyfriends that ruin their trust in relationships, but my future husband has Jaromir Jagr to blame for my trust issues and emotional instability.

      • laxman1944 - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Man chance……come on now….chin up.

        It’s not the end of the world

        I’m thinking your boys played with as much passion as you are showing……..this series is not 3 to nil

  8. betrayedbylife - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    anyone on here would leave their job to head to another job that pays better and has a better chance of being “company of the year” (winning the cup). so everyone complaining about the man’s character, eat s**t. since when did it become mandatory to stick with one team and donate half your salary to charity in this country? the guy obviously trains hard, works hard and loves to play so he can do whatever he wants with HIS money. he wasn’t elected into office, he doesn’t owe you anything. you want him donating his hard earned cash to boys and girls clubs? how about you do it first.

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