It was the most hyped matchup of the night. Jaromir Jagr, the man who was once the face of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the bridge (in some ways) from Lemieux to Crosby, returned to take on his old team after passing on a possible Pittsburgh return just a few months ago. There have been loads of vitriol from Pens fans towards Jagr since. Backhand Shelf’s editor, Justin Bourne, summarized this nicely in a post earlier today – perhaps you’ve seen it:
“Jaromir Jagr signed with the Flyers for more money and a better opportunity. Booo, what a jerk!”
- JB channeling the hockey world
Pittsburgh media were on high alert today, warning us outsiders of the boos and anger which will be directed squarely at Jagr. They weren’t far off, mind you. Everytime Jagr touched the puck it was a chorus of “booo” or “Booourns” depending on your taste in television. Well, Jagr showed them. Not only did the Flyers go into Pittsburgh and take a big two points from their cross-state rivals, Jagr scored a goal – unfortunately for the sake of this narrative, it wasn’t a game winner – and gave the old Jagr salute in Pittsburgh which we had become some accustomed to seeing while he wore the black and yellow for the Pens.
Take a look at Jagr’s goal:
Perhaps I’m looking too much into the symbolism here, but doesn’t that look at least a little bit like Crosby’s first goal back against the Islanders? It’s true what they say, legends never die. Jagr will be a legend in Pittsburgh forever, it just might be for the wrong reasons.
Oh, and former Penguin Max Talbot scored the empty netter for Philly to clinch it. That happened too.