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Jagr bashes team’s efforts after leading them to victory

Apr 1, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 22: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center on March 22, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Rangers shut out the Devils 2-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jaromir Jagr had a four-point night to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was a win the Devils desperately needed as they hope against reason that they can still make the playoffs.

But Jagr wasn’t in the mood to celebrate Monday night.

“We gotta play better hockey than today,” Jagr said, per NJ.com. “That’s for sure. Otherwise we don’t have a chance. We’ve gotta play better hockey. We were lucky.”

Jagr went onto say his team was “sleeping” and that they played like it was “a (bleep)ing preseason game.”

The 42-year-old forward hasn’t been shy when it comes to expressing himself to the media. In January, he openly wondered if the Devils simply weren’t good enough because they were repeatedly making the same mistakes. When he was separated from linemate Travis Zajacwho he helped earn his first career hat trick last night — in February, he said that it didn’t make sense.

It’s worth adding that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and coach Pete DeBoer have both previously defended Jagr’s right to call out his teammates.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    He’s right, they wouldn’t be in this position if they played consistently night in and night out. Too many times I’ve see them win and then the next night play incredibly flat.

    • 950003cups - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      That’s reason #1 why Lamoriello needs to go. His coach can’t get them ready for games. The captain is a complete joke who was picked by that waste of a coach. Lou Lamoriello stands by idle and went to sleep during the deadline. Ruutu?????? LOL

  2. stepanup - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Nothing wrong with that at all. Demonstrating some leadership on a team where there are some young guys who need to get it.

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    The outstanding play of some of these old vets has got me cheering for teams I generally wouldn’t.
    Go Devils!
    Go Bruins!

  4. thecheeman - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    He’s dead right, but Schneider was super-sharp in relief and Ryan Carter was a beast so it wasn’t a team-wide issue

  5. psousa1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    and Bruins fans are upset he slept through a whole postseason last year…………………..

  6. demfromsc - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Can anyone give me one logical reason why Jagr isn’t captain? He’s certainly earned it.

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