Jagr could return earlier than expected

Jagr could return earlier than expected
January 5, 2012, 5:27 pm
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Jaromir Jagr skated by himself at the morning skate on Thursday and didnt rule out the possibility of returning to the lineup sooner than a week to 10 days.

I was surprised to hear that, because I didnt feel that way, Jagr said of the timeline, adding he was actually speared in the groin area against Pittsburgh last week, not the calf.

Jagr said this injury is different from the groin pull he suffered in November. He said its not as bad, yet at the same time, he cant accelerate fully to open up his stride without pain.

Only way I feel pain is when I push my leg all the way, he said. That was in the game. Today, I felt fine but its only practice and I dont extend I have at least two more practice days and it heals quick.
Jagr on All-Star
Jagr told a story of being voted to the All-Star Team in his second year in the NHL at Pittsburgh playing on a third line. He was he was embarrassed to go.

This was in reaction to Claude Giroux not making the top six via fan votes.

For whatever reason, I was European, I had the long hair and they voted me in the starting lineup and I was on the third line in Pittsburgh and I felt embarrassed, Jagr said.

I didnt want to go there. I didnt deserve it and felt I shouldnt be there. Thats just the story I want to make. Most of the time its about being popular. Some guys gonna be voted even if they dont have such a good year. Fans dont see every game or look at stats.

Asked if he would go if picked by the selection committee, he said he would go.
Loose pucks
Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is back in net tonight against Chicago. I expect him to go in there and play well, coach Peter Laviolette said. Flyers players say they need to start winning games at home and it begins tonight on the Wells Fargo ice, where theyve been away from for 18 days. Flyers are a very poor 8-6-2 at home (26th overall) and yet lead the NHL with best road record 14-5-2. Our home record is not where it needs to be, Laviolette said. Our road record is excellent. We got to start taking care of these home games and make sure those wins go into the column. We need some attitude here at home.
E-mail Tim Panaccio at tpanotch@comcast.net

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