ST. LOUIS - Bruce Cassidy is not interested in hiding from the obvious.
The Boston Bruins are playing for the Stanley Cup and he wants to make sure his team is embracing the challenge - which is why he authorized some new additions to the team's dressing room for the Final.
Throughout the room, photos of past Stanley Cup celebrations, from Bobby Orr to Zdeno Chara, are hanging neatly as a reminder of the Bruins' ultimate goal.
"We're here to win a Stanley Cup. And I don't want to hide from it," said Cassidy. "I don't think the players do either. This is what's at stake. This is why you're blocking shots and missing games, why you're taking a hit to make a play. This is what it's all about. This helps builds your legacy, we've talked about that.
"We don't want to ram it down their throats, but it needs to be out there. We're grateful to be playing, we've certainly earned our way. This is the prize at the end of the line. I think it's good motivation."
Among the pictures dotting the dressing room walls are two different shots of Orr, one of him enjoying a beverage while donning a 1970 Stanley Cup champions t-shirt, and another of him drinking from the Cup, with the word "Triumph" displayed underneath.
"Every day it's a reminder of what we're playing for," said Patrice Bergeron. "Just to get to this point it's been a long journey…I think it's just to remember every day what we're playing for and how much it means to make it happen. "
The other photos feature the five current Bruins - Bergeron, Chara, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, and Tuukka Rask - that were part of the 2011 Stanley Cup championship team celebrating in Vancouver.
"You can see those guys having memories like that for life. It's definitely something you want to be part of," said David Pastrnak. "Definitely what you work for your whole life. A picture like this is what you remember the most…you grow up dreaming to win this trophy and then you are in the same room with the guys who already won it. For us young guys or whoever, it's extremely motivating for us."
With the Stanley Cup Final tied at one game apiece entering Saturday night's Game 3, the Bruins sit just three wins away from adding to the collection.
"It keeps things in perspective," said Torey Krug. "You always want a reminder of what you're playing for even though you're at this stage and you know it. But to see those pictures, they seem like pretty special memories. Hopefully we can replace those."