Injured Leg Kept Jagr From Finishing Winter Classic

2 Jan

CITIZENS BANK PARK — The Flyers were hoping that Jaromir Jagr would be able to offer more than 7:09 of work in the Winter Classic, but an injured left leg kept him from finishing the game.

Jagr said that he got speared in the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the cold made it freeze up.

“There was swelling in that muscle, maybe because it was too cold, we couldn’t heat it,” said Jagr. “When there’s swelling around the muscles, you never know what can happen, but I wanted to play.”

He played 6:01 in the first period and walked off the Citizens Bank Park field with less than five minutes to go in the first period. He returned for the second, but only lasted two shifts before he couldn’t go any longer. He remained on the bench, but why?

“First of all, I like my teammates,” said Jagr. “I wanted to be part of that. I knew it wasn’t gonna get any worse if I sit on the bench. I want to be part of the bench. I’m part of the team. I would watch it on TV anyway. This way I was close and I could help guys. You never know, maybe there would be a power play 5-on-3. Maybe coach would put me in then.”

He said that was the only way he was getting back into the game. He can’t even pinpoint exactly what happened on that second shift of the second period, but once he came off, he knew immediately that he couldn’t return.

“I don’t know. It’s tough to say,” he said when asked what aggravated the injury. “I didn’t feel right skating. But it’s not bad. I’ll be back pretty soon.”

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