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Victory helps Jagr deal with his frustration

by Dan Rosen

CHICAGO -- The puck ripped off of Jaromir Jagr's stick and clanged off the crossbar, bounding up into the mesh protecting the fans sitting behind the goal line to stop play 1:28 into overtime Saturday night at United Center.

Jagr couldn't help himself -- he let out a primal scream, uniquely showing his frustration for barely missing the winner and extending what is becoming a borderline ridiculous scoring drought for the future Hall of Fame right wing of the Boston Bruins.

The 41-year-old hasn't scored a goal in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs; in fact, he hasn't turned on the red light since April 21 against the Florida Panthers.

"That's the way it is," Jagr said following Boston's 2-1 overtime win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday. "I've got no problem with that if we keep winning. That would be kind of sad if we would lose the hockey game, but there is always next time because we won. I don't worry about it right now."

Jagr continued to get chances and create chances Saturday night at United Center. He set up Brad Marchand for a beauty early in the third period, but Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made the save. He thought he had released the OT winner off his stick -- and he couldn't believe his eyes when the puck didn't go in.

But Jagr is doing all he can to fend off frustration.

"The confidence doesn't come just from the goals, it's coming from the plays," he said. "When you have a good chances and the whole line is making good plays, that's when the confidence is coming. As long as you're having scoring chances, sooner or later it's gotta go in."

It did for Daniel Paille 12:20 after Jagr's shot hit iron and then mesh. Jagr celebrated like the rest of his teammates and felt the relief of tying the Cup Final at one win apiece.

Sure he wishes it could have been him in the middle of a celebratory mob of Bruins, but he's fine with it because he didn't have to watch the players in red raising their arms like he did Wednesday night in Game 1.

"It's a game about inches," Jagr said. "It's not a problem for me. Of course you have to forget about it and try to just score next time. Like I said, it would be kind of sad if they would have scored the next shift. But they didn't."


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