BOSTON – The end came at 12:13 a.m., on the 104th shot, in the 96th minute. It came after so many chances and saves and blocks and posts, so many oohs and ahs and gasps and sighs, all the sights and sounds of an epic. It came cruelly for the Pittsburgh Penguins and sweetly, oh, so sweetly, for the Boston Bruins.
Here was Jaromir Jagr, the former Penguins superstar, the Bruins’ consolation prize after Jarome Iginla waived his no-trade clause for Pittsburgh and not Boston at the deadline. He was 41, the oldest player on the ice, a role player now with no goals. But he had stayed in shape by working out with weighted vests after games and skating at midnight sometimes, just for moments like this one.
He won a battle along the boards with Evgeni Malkin, a 26-year-old, the winner of the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player last season. After Malkin swiped the puck from him and looked like he was heading up ice in front of the Pittsburgh bench, Jagr – slow but strong – outmuscledRead More »from Patrice Bergeron's goal in double overtime ends an epic battle and puts the Boston Bruins on the verge of an unlikely sweep