There were 40 shots from the New Jersey Devils, 26 from the Boston Bruins, two penalties and just one goal, but that single score was all it took for the Bruins to bag the 1-0 win in Jaromir Jagr and Kaspars Daugavins‘ debut.
By the way, that one goal came off the stick–or the skate, really–of Jagr, somewhat of a fluky goal in the start of the second period. This time, though, it was all that Boston really needed to secure the two points. Interestingly, Jagr said postgame that he was not at his best. He was tired and couldn’t sleep last night. Maybe he had the new-team jitters. He should be better able to get some rest now, though.
Tuukka Rask, in his third shutout of the season to date, turned away all 40 shots he saw. Interestingly, he has a perfect 4-0-0 record, including three shutouts, whenever he is called upon to make more than 40 saves in a game. That’s right, he’s actually incredible when the team hangs him out to dry, but he still shouldn’t have to do all of that work himself. Nor should Anton Khudobin, who recently saw as much rubber as my grandpa did when he worked at a tire factory.
Aside from the standing ovation Jagr got in the first period, there wasn’t much of interest in the first 20 minutes, except that Boston was terribly outshot 17 to six. They did surge and take more shots in the second period before falling back slightly in the third, although there was some great effort towards the end of the third, chances so juicy that it was frustrating when they did not succeed.
I’m not really excited about the move of Tyler Seguin to center. He is dreadful on the faceoff dot (.250 faceoff win percentage), which is probably an effect of usually having the league’s best faceoff winner by his side. After tonight, he said he appreciates Patrice Bergeron‘s job a lot more now. Meanwhile, I am certainly not alone in hoping for 37′s speedy return. The team isn’t the same without him.
There was just one power play in this game, which was a golden opportunity for Jagr to flex his skills. He was on for all two minutes of the man advantage and it was not fruitful, but still showed signs of hope.
But maybe when Jagr has had a fitful night’s sleep, he and all his teammates will hopefully bring their hard-charging A game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. They did not last time.