Jaromir Jagr tilted his head back and stared at the ceiling — or maybe at the hockey gods above. His mouth widened and he released an elongated shout of despair.
Jagr’s reaction after hitting the post 1:28 into overtime Saturday night illustrated the forward’s postseason struggles. The 41-year-old has not scored since April 21, enduring the longest postseason drought of his career.
“He’s snakebitten,” Daniel Paille said. “But I don’t think he’s too far off.”
Indeed, Jagr has had chances. He’s recorded 51 shots through 18 playoff games, including a team-high five on Saturday (no other Bruin tallied more than three).
Perhaps no chance was better than the wrister in OT. Jagr, skating through the slot, flung the puck just above Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford’s glove.
“Any time you see a guy like him cut across the middle and get a shot off, especially his shot?” defenseman Torey Krug said. “I had a good feeling about it.”
So did Jagr’s linemate Brad Marchand, who raised his stick in celebration before realizing the shot hit the post.
Tyler Seguin wound his right arm like a windmill. And he screamed, his voice an octave or two higher than his normal pitch.
Seguin’s on-ice celebration of Paille’s overtime goal Saturday was captured in full effect as the forward was wired for sound by NBC.
“I don’t even know what I was doing out there,” Seguin said with a laugh.
As Seguin and teammates swarmed Paille by the boards, he was still screaming — including a word not appropriate for television.
“I was just excited,” said Seguin, who has since viewed the clip. Seguin’s younger sister “thought it was hilarious.”
“She kind of made fun of me for it,” Seguin said. “Obviously, I told her I never swear.”
Keeping his cool
Krug said he never worries about getting benched. And he doesn’t think about being scratched.
The rookie’s gaffe in Game 1 — a giveaway that led to Dave Bolland’s third-period goal — didn’t rattle the 22-year-old defenseman. He committed a similar neutral-zone giveaway in the first period of Game 2, though it didn’t lead to a goal.
“Even after some of the mistakes I’ve made, my teammates have been very supportive,” Krug said. “And the coaching staff, as well.”
That assurance, Krug said, gives him confidence to continue playing what he calls a “high-risk, high-reward” style.
“He doesn’t lack confidence, that’s what I want from that young player,” coach Claude Julien said. “There’s mistakes made in the Cup Final like anywhere else.”
Krug is scoreless after tallying four goals in five playoff games against the Rangers.
A reporter wished Julien a Happy Father’s Day on Sunday, noting the coach already received his gift with a win in Game 2. “Yeah,” Julien deadpanned. “My kids gave it to me.” . . . Julien is 12-1 with the Bruins in Game 3s.
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