The Jaromir Jagr experiment in Boston has been pretty successful thus far, aside from the whole trying to figure out where to put him part. The Bruins may have gotten that answer Monday night against Carolina. Jagr was one of the best players on the ice as the Bruins dominated the Hurricanes. He was once again strong on the puck, and he created space for his new linemates Brad Marchand and Gregory Campbell as the B’s rolled to a win at the Garden. It’s been a work in progress so far for the B’s in finding the best place for Jagr. He began his Bruins career on a line with Marchand and Tyler Seguin last week. When Claude Julien was displeased with Seguin’s defensive play at the center position in place of the injured Patrice Bergeron, the Boston head coach shuffled the lines Saturday night. That sent Jagr down to play with Campbell and Daniel Paille for the evening. The future Hall of Famer then got another change heading into Monday night when was next to Campbell and Marchand. The final combination may be the one that the B’s go with, at least for now. It’s tough to argue the results. The trio victimized some poor Carolina goaltending, but it looks like there is some chemistry there, especially between Jagr and Marchand. The two have now combined for three goals since Jagr’s Boston debut. Jagr assisted on both Marchand goals Monday night, while it was Marchand who found Jagr in the future Hall of Famer’s Boston debut last week against New Jersey. The two really seem to complement each other’s game very well. While Jagr will never be able to skate stride for stride with a player like Marchand, he does other things to neutralize those differences in speed. Chief among them is Jagr’s ability to be so strong with the puck and not give up possession. We saw Monday night how that allows Marchand the time to get to the dirty areas of the ice to score gritty goals. That’s what happened on both goals he scored against Carolina, and both goals were spurred by Jagr’s relentless puck possession.
Bruins’ Combination of Jaromir Jagr, Brad Marchand Looking Too Good to Break Up
NESN | Apr 9