Have you noticed a pattern with Jaromir Jagr? About how early in games he — how do we put this gently? — doesn’t exactly play at a frenzied, lightning-fast pace. Given his status as an elder statesman of the game, he doesn’t always rush from Point A to Point B in a great hurry.
But how late in games he suddenly becomes a hell of a player?
At age 41, it seems, Jagr knows how to conserve energy and have it available when a game is on the line.

Jagr’s goal-scoring drought persists, but he’s been a going concern for the Blackhawks in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final.
His passes set up several good scoring chances and he came oh-so close to ending Game 2 early in overtime, several minutes before Daniel Paille got the job done — giving the Bruins a 2-1 victory and knotting the series, 1-1, going into Game 3 tonight at the Garden.
At 1:29 of the sudden death, Jagr took a drop pass from Brad Marchand in mid-slot and sent a wrist shot ringing off the crossbar and up into the netting. He gazed to the United Center rafters and cried, “GOD.”
Jagr was in good form after the game, frustrated that his shot missed by an inch but delighted that Paille’s didn’t.
“Huge relief, because this is a game of inches,” said Jagr. “You hit the post there and they (could have) come back and scored. So (the series) could (have been) 1-1 and now it is 2-0 and you are in big, huge pressure.
“I actually think we deserved to win in the overtime. We had so many chances. But there is no such word — deserve — it’s more about the luck.”
Jagr has scored 78 career playoff goals, but has none this spring in 18 postseason contests. A guy who has netted 759 regular-season and playoff goals, he has scored only two goals in 29 games as a Bruin.