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Boston Bruins Week in Review: Week 11

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A look back at Week 11

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This past week for the Boston Bruins was dominated by one of their newest recruits, none other than future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr, who came into the Black and Gold fold on April 3 at the NHL trade deadline. At age 41, Jagr still has that scoring touch, which he exhibited in his first game wearing the Spoked B.

However, before Jagr was acquired, there was the 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, proof that the Bruins do occasionally remember how to score in the first period. Nathan Horton closed out the scoring in this game, ensuring the victory, but it came at a cost—Patrice Bergeron was injured and concussed, leaving the game early. He has not played since then, although news on his condition is hopeful.

But in that first game with Jagr, the Bruins scored a 1-0 win thanks to the excellent scoring ability of his skate. (By the way, another newcomer to Boston, Kaspars Daugavins, debuted in this game.) He said he was tired and not playing his best in his debut, which was really just the first example of how he tends to be self-deprecating.

The final regular-season meeting between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens resulted in a 2-1 loss and perhaps the worst attempt to tie the game late when given a power play opportunity. Only Daniel Paille saved the team from a shutout loss, though they had to settle for second place in the Northeast Division.

Here’s a look back at the week that was for the Bruins.

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That Ba-Boom Ba-Boom

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Remember when the Bruins were so proficient at scoring goals in such quick succession that Jack Edwards would say “ba-boom, ba-boom”? That heartbeat started to rustle yet again in this game against Ottawa. David Krejci and Tyler Seguin scored in less than a minute to help their team out of a one-goal hole and gave them a lead before five minutes had even passed. Sure, the Senators tied it again in the third, but Nathan Horton scored his fourth goal in as many games to make it 3-2. Unfortunately, as stated before, Bergeron was injured and concussed in the course of this game.

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Getting Jagr

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Just a few days before the trade deadline, general manager Peter Chiarelli thought he had a deal to bring Jarome Iginla to Boston. That was not to be and instead he nabbed another player destined for the hallowed hall in Toronto someday—and, hey, another guy whose name begins with Jaro: Jaromir Jagr. Jagr came to the Bruins in exchange for Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a conditional draft pick.

Wade Redden was also brought into the Boston fold, traded over from the St. Louis Blues, and Maxime Sauve went to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for prospect Rob Flick.

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The Lucky Skate

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The most exciting moments of this 1-0 Bruins win over the Devils were mainly focused on Jagr. He received a standing ovation the very first time he took the TD Garden ice, played with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand and then scored the sole goal of the game. Tuukka Rask, though, did earn a shutout for the third time this season.

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Powerless Play

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First place in the Northeast Division was on the line in this game, the last time the biggest rivals in the league will meet for this regular season, but it seems like the Bruins didn’t want that very much. They found themselves in a two-goal hole yet again, though Daniel Paille later broke the idea of Carey Price getting a shutout. But the late six-on-four advantage granted to a team down a goal, practically a gift-wrapped chance to give it a shot and tie it, resulted in not a single shot on goal. Boston lost 2-1.