The goal-scoring struggles of Jaromir Jagr and Tyler Seguin

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Tyler Seguin can't find the back of the net this postseason. (USATSI)
Tyler Seguin can't find the back of the net this postseason. (USATSI)

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Jaromir Jagr is one of the best players in the history of the NHL. Tyler Seguin is supposed to be one of the best young players currently playing. Neither one of them seems to be able to buy a goal right now for the Boston Bruins.

Entering Saturday's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final the two have combined for just one goal (Seguin's) in the Bruins' first 17 games.

It's not for a lack of chances.

Seguin is currently fourth in the NHL in shots on goal this postseason with 62, while Jagr is sitting at 18th with 46. Among the 18 other players in the top-20 in shots, only five of them have scored fewer than four goals (three of them are defensemen, the other two are Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad).

Based on his career shooting percentage numbers, Seguin and Jagr should probably be expected to score around six goals each based on the number of shots on goal they've produced. Again, they currently have one.

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see how many other players went on similar shooting droughts in the postseason. It's an interesting list, not because of how many players are on it, but because of the names that are on it.

The table below shows forwards that have recorded at least 46 shots on goal in the playoffs and scored no more than one goal.

NHL Playoffs Shooting Slumps
PlayerYearGoalsShots
Tyler Seguin2013162
Brian Gionta2003159
Jonathan Toews2013156
Pavel Datsyuk2009152
Sami Kapanen2002150
Patrik Elias2007148
Chris Kunitz2009146
Jaromir Jagr2013046

That's it. In the history of the playoffs (or as long as shot data has been kept) those are the only players that have gone through similar stretches when it comes to not scoring goals. And there isn't one bad player on that list, and it just goes to show the kind of unpredictable results the playoffs can produce.

It's also pretty incredible how far the Bruins have made it with these two guys struggling to find the back of the net. It's not that either player is playing all that poorly (we've already discussed at length Jagr's play this postseason) but sometimes the puck just doesn't go in for you.

If the Bruins end up having to play without forward Nathan Horton in Game 2, they're probably going to need one of these two guys to find a way to break through.

 

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