The last time he was in the Stanley Cup finals, Jaromir Jagr became one of the youngest players in NHL history to score a goal on that stage.

At 20 years old, he scored twice in the 1992 finals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins sweep the Chicago Blackhawks. Jagr finished third on the Pens in goals that postseason and developed into one of the top offensive players in the game.

Five teams, 21 years and many gray hairs later, Jagr’s returning to the finals. And though he may once again face the Blackhawks, not much else remains the same. These days, the 41-year-old is more focused on defense than scoring, and Bruins coach Claude Julien couldn’t be happier with his team’s deadline-deal acquisition.

“He’s coming back and doing what he needs to do there to help us out defensively. That’s a credit to him. For what he is, for how long he’s played, for a guy to do that is pretty amazing,” Julien said. “He’s bought into that. I honestly think the credit goes to him. I haven’t had to twist his arm. I haven’t had to do anything.”

Jagr’s defensive effort was highlighted in Game 3, when he stole the puck from Evgeni Malkin to help set up Patrice Bergeron’s game-winner in the second overtime.

Though he doesn’t play with the same speed he did in his younger days, at 6-foot-3 he still uses his size and his smarts to his advantage. In the Bruins’ 1-0 Game 4 win, he was solid along the boards and willing to throw his body around. In the final 50 seconds, with Pittsburgh’s goalie pulled, Jagr did all he could to clear Penguins out around the net during the intense flurry.