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TINSELTOWN DEBUT

Jagr puts up solid numbers in first game for Flames

by ARI YANOVER @NHLFlames / calgaryflames.com

Jaromir Jagr is officially in the Flames' record books.

The living legend made his Flames debut in the club's 4-3 OT win over the Kings Wednesday night, suiting up on the third line alongside Kris Versteeg and Sam Bennett, his iconic hair rendering him immediately recognizable on the ice.

Jagr's first scoring chance came on his first shift, and he nearly tapped one in while on the powerplay. He cycled the puck extremely well with his linemates, providing the Flames with a budding new potential avenue of attack.

"There were some shifts when we were able to play down low," Jagr said. "I know that's the way we should play. After my legs come back it's going to be a little bit different."

Jagr even helped out defensively, giving Matt Bartkowski a little push in time for his teammate to make a solid defensive play.

He played 13:38 minutes over 15 shifts, including 2:23 on the powerplay. He had five shifts in each period. 

"I think he got 13 minutes or so," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's the next step in kind of his way back here without a training camp. Because you can't simulate what he got here tonight in those 13 minutes. We were aiming actually for 10-12, he got a little bit more than that. 

"But yeah, we're going to build, his game is going to come as he gets it, but this is a big building block to get into some real fire for a while."

Video: Jagr talks about his performance in debut for Flames

Jagr recorded no shots of his own, but was out there for 10 corsi events for at 5v5, and 13 against - a CF of 43.48%, good for seventh on the Flames, according to Natural Stat Trick. Through two periods he was one of the team's leaders at 61.54%.

Though he didn't take any penalties himself, Jagr sat for Mike Smith's interference call on Trevor Lewis at the end of the second period. 

"Their expectation, it's very high, and it should be," Jagr said, assessing his team. "There's a lot of great offensive players; defence is fantastic, they can move the puck … And you know, goaltending is great. 

"It's up to us how far we can go."

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