Jagr vs. Selanne: The Final Frontier

So, this is it.  This is the last time that Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne will face each other in the regular season.  Despite careers that have seen both men combine for a whopping 2,841 games and 1,370 goals, this is just the 24th meeting between the two in the NHL.  That, in large part, is due to each player having been in the opposite conference for most of their careers — only Jagr has played in both the East and West, and his stint out West was limited to a 34-game stint with the Dallas Stars last year.

“You never want to let go of heroes,” said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau.

“I think both of them doing great is good for the game.  They’re both very popular players, both well-loved by the home fanbases and across the league, quite frankly.”

Boudreau, however, doesn’t find himself marveling at both players being on the same sheet of ice at the same time as many of the fans get to.  He does, of course, have two points to think about tonight.

“I don’t really notice much about that,” he said.  “Coaches get zoned in on doing what they’re doing during the course of the game.  But after the game, when you watch it, it’s pretty to watch how good they’ve done and how good they’re still doing.”

Jagr, 41, leads the Devils in scoring with 29 points (12-17-29), while Selanne, 43, has posted just nine points in what he insisted several times during the morning skate would be his final season.

“Lately, I’ve had some good chances, they just aren’t going in,” he said.  “It’s frustrating, but the good thing is the team is playing well.  That’s what matters…I’m feeling good, so that’s the bottom line.  It would be tough if we were losing…the second half is what really matters, you want to play well in the second half.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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