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April 25, 2013

Bruins must focus on strong end of regular season


The Flyers saluted Boston in the Bruins’ first road game since the Boston Marathon bombings. The Flyers showed a message on the video board that read, “From One Tough Town to Another.” They also had video images of four blue-yellow ribbons that said, “Boston Strong,” on each faceoff circle.

“I had goosebumps the whole time the video went off,” Flyer coach Laviolette said. “To hear the Philadelphia fans as passionate as they are about the city of Philadelphia and Philadelphia sports, start yelling for Boston as the videos are going on, that was touching as well. I don’t think it’s just a Boston thing or the Boston people rallying around. I really think it’s one of those moments in time that gets captured by a country or gets captured by our world and it’s bigger than the city itself.”

The 50/50 raffle that usually supports Philadelphia charities went to The Flyers raised $85,595 Tuesday night, and team president Peter Luukko and general manager Paul Holmgren presented a check for $42,978 to Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and president Cam Neely.

Even if the results haven’t showed, the support has rallied the Bruins.

“I think there’s a real responsibility for us to go out and play and give it all we’ve got,” Bruins defenseman Wade Redden said. “It’s kind of what we can control. So I guess it’s business as usual in a lot of ways. But, obviously, there’s a lot of people we know in the area and the city that are affected, so it certainly touches everybody.”

The Bruins need to find a way to use that channel that energy into fuel for a postseason push.

They hope to get that lift from playoff-tested forward Jaromir Jagr.

At 41, and two decades removed from winning two straight Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh, the Bruins swung a trade deadline deal with Dallas to get Jagr and some needed offensive punch for the postseason. He’s been stuck on the third line, though has ice time has remained solid, including 17:28 vs. the Flyers. Jagr, who has 78 career postseason goals, can still be a difference-maker for a team that has struggled to score of late. The Bruins have scored two or fewer goals in five of the last six games, though Jagr did chip in an assist in the loss to the Flyers.

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