Jaromir Jagr was asked about home-ice advantage, or specifically, the lack of it so far in this series. No home team has won a game yet.
“It’s been huge so far,” he said, laughing. “I knew it was going to be like that. That’s why we lost the last game (in New Jersey). Everybody thought we lost but it was pretty smart. Sometimes when you lose, you actually win.”
So why then, I asked, did you score a goal in that game to tie it up?
“To be exciting,” he said. “And to get to 25. I did it for myself.”
Evidently Jagr was very uptight before Game 4 this morning.
“My feeling going into the playoffs is if you miss the playoffs, you miss one chance. So this is a chance,” Brandon Dubinsky said. ”(Roughly) half the teams don’t make it to the playoffs and half the teams are left, and I have a chance to win. You look at guys in their careers. I’m a big fan of hockey, and you watch guys like (Ray) Bourque or Glen Wesley who won Stanley Cups late in their careers. Mike Gartner never won. So I think for me, I understand every step you take you have to take seriously, and try to bear down and get the job done. It’s the hardest trophy to win.”