“It’s up to me how I’m going to produce,” Jagr said. “I understand what the situations is. In the playoffs you have to have three lines to be tough to check. Even when we lost against Pittsburgh and Boston, I feel we played our best hockey. We just couldn’t score. Sometimes, the sport is like that. I like the way we play. If we continue the way we play in the last three games, it’s a matter of time before we score goals.”
Boston won the Northeast Division by 10 points last season and had the No. 2 seed in the East before losing to the Washington Capitals in seven games, in overtime, in the first round of the playoffs. That was a disappointing title defense, which the Bruins hope to compensate for this year.
Winning the Cup is enough motivation for any player.
Winning it for Boston, now, would mean about as much as any championship could.
“I think in some ways, it’s a motivational thing,” Redden said. “When something like that happens, it puts a lot of things in perspective for a lot of reasons. We’re in a position right now where we’re in the playoffs, and our focus right now is just getting better.
“Obviously, everyone wants to move on from all that stuff, too.”