Jaromir Jagr his own worst critic after Bruins debut
|04.04.13 at 10:23 pm ET|
Jaromir Jagr scored the Bruins’ only goal in his debut with the team Thursday night, but after the game was surprisingly critical of his performance.
Jagr, 41, said he was “so tired” and that he struggled in a “tough” first showing for Boston. He skated on the second line with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand, whom he said he apologized to for his performance (19:12 of ice time, an entire power play and five shots on goal and his 15th goal of the season).
“I told them I’ve got to get better. I felt bad for them that they have to play with me,” he said. “I’ve got to get better, that’s for sure.”
When asked to explain what he meant by tired — whether it was exhaustion in the game or being tired from the last two days since being traded from the Stars — Jagr said it was a combination of things and that he had difficulty sleeping Wednesday.
“I don’t know. Maybe the stress a little bit, and just surprised that I got traded and then I had to pack and get ready,” he said. “I didn’t sleep very well last night. I slept only two hours, I don’t know why. It just hits you. I have to go and sleep and it’s going to get better.”
Jagr scored the only goal of the game Thursday when he drove to the net and Marchand bounced a pass off Jagr’s left skate and past Martin Brodeur.
“I think that was the first time I scored with my leg,” Jagr said. “When I was 25, I wouldn’t like that goal. At 41, I’ll take anything right now.”
The veteran right wing did say that after his first day with the team, he is confident that he will be better and more comfortable as he gains more experience in the Bruins system and with his teammates.
“You guys have to understand, we had a morning skate,” he said. “This league is too good to just [show up and be comfortable]. This is not an All-Star [game in which] guys meet to just play one game. This is very tough. You’re playing against a team that’s fighting for the playoffs. It’s not easy to just go there. I don’t know these guys. They don’t know me, how I play. We had some chances, but I believe it’s just going to get better and better.”