BOSTON -- It was a split-second in a game that contained 5,719 seconds of play filled with intense drama.
In a storyline so improbable Hollywood might not believe it, the moment in question -- which came deep in the second overtime, seconds before Patrice Bergeron played the hero again for the Boston Bruins -- involved Jaromir Jagr. Yes, the man who made his legend as a brash, young member of the Pittsburgh Penguins but is now likely on the final lap of his Hall of Fame career, far more gray in his beard and far slower on his skates.
But the desire to win, the desire to take one more drink from the Cup he first hoisted more than two decades ago as a member of the Penguins -- after beating the Bruins along the way both times -- has not flickered in the least with age. It still burns fiercely hot, even if it is more buried in the more mature personality Jagr puts on display these days.