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After swapping Tyler Seguin for Jaromir Jagr early in the playoffs, some growing pains might have been expected from the Bruins' second line, but the Patrice Bergeron-led trio has impressed nonetheless.
After manufacturing a miracle in Round 1, Bergeron was back at it in Game 1 against New York. As he so often is, Brad Marchand was the beneficiary of a beautiful Bergeron centering pass to give the Bruins a 1-0 series lead with an overtime goal.
Two days later Marchand experienced deja vu as he scored on a nearly identical play, once again with the help of Bergeron. Marchand would go on to lead the Bruins in points for the series with two goals and four assists in five games.
Bergeron himself enjoyed a fine series on the scoresheet with three points, but he made an even bigger impact at the faceoff dot winning 71 of 110 draws, helping the Bruins dominate possession throughout the series.
A frustrated Jaromir Jagr endured a difficult five games, failing to register a point. Despite his inability to produce, the NHL's active playoff points leader deserved better. He hounded former teammate Henrik Lundqvist in every game, but some how could not find the net.
Jagr still needs to adjust his game, which currently relies on a little too much puck-hogging and not enough distributing, but the grey-bearded veteran has been a major asset on the forecheck with his ability to secure the puck down low.
Jagr will return to Pittsburgh next week, more than two decades after winning two championships with the Penguins. If he can start to find the back of the net and make better use of his linemates, the Bruins second line could become an even more serious threat.