"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.
"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."