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Bruins hope struggling Jagr can boost offense

by Matt Kalman

BOSTON – In the 11 regular-season games with the Boston Bruins after he was traded from the Dallas Stars, Jaromir Jagr accumulated nine points, including two goals.

So far, through two games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jagr is without a point and has only four shots on net and a minus-2 rating tarnishing his resume.

With the series, tied at one game each, now shifting to Toronto for Game 3 and 4, the Bruins need Jagr -- and his current linemates, Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly -- to produce. That production would be easier to come by if Jagr was at top of his game. After practice Sunday at TD Garden, coach Claude Julien mentioned the possibility Jagr still isn't totally healthy after a flu bug that cost him the final two games of the regular season.

"I think there's a lot of things that come into play here. No. 1, he came, as you know, at the Trade Deadline, he missed the last couple of games, he's never had the same linemates," said Julien, whose team will play Game 3 on Monday night. "To his defense, it's important to have some cohesion with your linemates and stuff like that, and our first two lines have been pretty, I guess, been together for a long time. They're playing well, they're generating stuff, so right now it's about trying to build some chemistry with some players and we keep trying to find players to complement him a little bit.

"At the same time, like I said, he battled a pretty tough flu there a week ago. I know that he's not feeling 100 percent yet, but we're certainly counting on him."

Jagr declined to speak to the media Sunday.

Peverley, who was a healthy scratch for Game 1 before he returned for Game 2, says he can't just rely on Jagr to get that line going.

"[Kelly] and I played together a long time," Peverley said. "You know, I think [Jagr] is such a great player, I think for myself, I've just got to play my game and use my speed and take pucks to the net. That's when I'm at my best. So if I'm doing that, then hopefully everything else will work with the other guys."

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