Kaspars Daugavins was a healthy scratch for five straight games before he was inserted into the Bruins lineup on Saturday against the Washington Capitals.

Though it might have seemed like a mere formality — Daugavins replaced Jaromir Jagr, who was out with the flu — the 24-year-old looked at the game like an opportunity.

Since being claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators, the Latvia native has played sparingly with the Bruins. During Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals, Daugavins played just more than 12 minutes, more than he has in a month.

As he prepared to play again in last night’s season finale against Ottawa, Daugavins said he wants to make the most out of his recent opportunities.

“Obviously, I try hard every game and try to make the lineup here and show that I can play in the playoffs,” Daugavins said. “I thought I played well (Saturday) and hopefully I get a chance.”

Daugavins was inserted into Jagr’s left wing spot on the third line with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg. It was his fifth game with the Bruins and though he didn’t register a point, Claude Julien said it was the best he’s seen the winger play.

“He played a really good game (Saturday) night,” Julien said. “I thought he really had a good jump, was a strong along the walls and created some things. So I definitely liked his game. To me, it was by far his best.”