Daugavins impresses on 3rd line in Bruins debut

Daugavins impresses on 3rd line in Bruins debut
April 5, 2013, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON —- It was never going to be quite the same splash-worthy event as Jaromir Jagr’s debut with the Boston Bruins, but 24-year-old Kaspars Daugavins also made a good first impression in Black and Gold.

The “Daug Man” played a role on Boston’s third line in their 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, and looked comfortable skating alongside Rich Peverley and Jay Pandolfo. The former Ottawa Senators forward finished with 9:17 of ice time and managed a pair of shots on net alongside a registered hit and a blocked shot while providing energy and a little attitude as a bottom six winger. Daugavins didn’t play a role on the penalty kill squad despite the injury to Patrice Bergeron, but that’s another role he’s seemingly qualified for if the need arises.

“It was definitely always really tough to play against [Boston] so I’m really excited to be here,” said Daugavins, who was picked up on waivers last week and was stuck in Canada due to a US work visa. “Their players are so big and their forwards work so hard, so it’s always a 60 minute [game].

“They never get tired and never give up, They never quit no matter what the scoring is.  Playing with Rich [Peverley] and [Jay Pandolfo], and [as a line] we’re just trying to get some energy going and score some goals too.”

Claude Julien left impressed after his initial game in a Bruins uniform even if things didn’t ascend into a shootout where the Latvian forward could bust out his creative stick skills.

“[He’s] another guy with his first game and he did well. He’s strong as you can see, and when there’s a battle for a loose puck he’s a strong individual,” said Julien. “He did a good job, I thought, of battling and getting pucks out. And in the third period that one time there when he should have gone in [to the bench] so we could change and he didn’t. But I think there were a lot of guys tonight that made that same mistake.”

This all makes Daugavins the favorite to land an inside track on a potential third line role after being claimed by the Bruins on waivers next week.Who would have guessed when he was pulling off crazy shootout tricks against the Black and Gold last month.