Jagr brilliant in Game 3 victory
What else can you say about the effort of Jaromir Jagr Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals?
He was finishing checks, winning battles and making plays that resulted in goals, especially his work along the boards in the final minutes of double-overtime versus Evgeni Malkin where he stole the puck away in the neutral zone, found Brad Marchand who then found a streaking Patrice Bergeron-you know the rest.
Head Coach Claude Julien knows that Jagr has bought into the Bruins way and is having fun while doing it.
“I think Jags right now seems to be having a lot of fun with our group,” Julien said. “I think he’s seen what is being accomplished from doing that. Players want to be part of it and although he’s played a certain way his whole career, he’s willing to do what it takes here, too, to help us be successful and that’s two games in a row now where I’ve seen him finish a good check, turn the puck over and result in a goal. Certainly it doesn’t go unnoticed, but when you’re a 41-year-old that’s never been known for your real physical play, but more for the type of game that those Hall of Famers and superstar players play and right now he’s doing whatever is asked of him and that’s a credit to Jags.”
Hero Patrice Bergeron talked about his game-winning goal after the game, but gave the credit to his line mates.
“It was first of all a great play by Jags to take that puck on the wall there and just fighting and getting the loose puck to Marsh, and we do that chemistry where we know we’re going on the ice,” Bergeron said. “I know he was going to try to find me there if I was driving the net and I just went to the net and tried to have my stick on the ice and he found me.”
Bergeron talked about how a 41-year-old man came up so big in a 95-minute game and how he showed so much energy on the night.
“He’s got that experience, I guess to always be at the right place on the ice and on that play it’s just a perfect example that he’s buying in and he wants to help in any way he can, and that play right there, we don’t get a goal if he doesn’t make that play,” Bergeron said.
Jagr was brilliant in Game 3. He has points in consecutive games for the Black and Gold after not registering a point since Game 7 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jagr finished the night with 26:35 of total ice time, four shots on net and one of the biggest assists in his storied career.
Jagr has not saluted yet for the B’s in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but his play last night in double-overtime has Bruins fans saluting him for his efforts.