- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Everyone in the arena heard the boos. Many of the Washington Capitals fans in the arena were originating the sound.

Jaromir Jagr heard them. The noise was pretty loud every time the Philadelphia Flyers right wing touched the puck.

“There was some early in the game,” Jagr said after the Flyers’ 5-1 win over the Caps. “As soon as we get the lead, I didn’t hear it very often.”

Jagr was one of the biggest disappointments in Caps franchise history during his time in Washington, likely earning each and every boo no matter how many times he returns to Verizon Center. This was his seventh trip back since a 2004 trade to the New York Rangers ended his time with the Caps but the first since rejoining the NHL with the Flyers following a stint in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

Jagr had an assist and a plus-one rating Tuesday night, making his total at Verizon Center since the deal nine points in eight games. He probably could have had another goal to add to that in the third period but failed to score on an odd-man rush.

Afterward, the giddy 39-year-old brushed off the importance of scoring against one of his former teams.

“If we would be losing 3-2, I would be mad about it. I’m still happy,” he said, flashing a smile ear to ear.

Of course, Jaromir, but wouldn’t it have been nice to score against the Caps?

“I don’t really care — as long as we win,” he said. “I’m not 22 anymore.”

• Stephen Whyno can be reached at swhyno@washingtontimes.com.

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