BOSTON — Jeremy Jacobs, the Boston Bruins’ owner, acknowledged Tuesday that he might have held up the coaching change that helped the team turn its season around and qualify for the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

But in his first public comments on the team since last fall, Jacobs expressed appreciation for General Manager Don Sweeney’s decision to hire Bruce Cassidy as coach and the job Cassidy did after taking over for Claude Julien on an interim basis Feb. 7.

The Bruins were 26-23-6 when they made the switch and went 18-8-1 under Cassidy. Sweeney removed the interim tag for Cassidy and made him the full-time coach last week.

“The decision was very much made here in Boston and the leadership here,” Jacobs said. “My own impression was it was overdue, we were a little late. Maybe I precipitated part of that in having misplaced loyalty in that sense. But it was the right move. …

“It was a very prudent move and it was a prudent hire. Under those circumstances I would say that Don did a terrific job in selecting him and motivating him, and motivating the team.”

The Bruins lost their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Ottawa Senators, their first playoff appearance since 2014, in six games. All six games were decided by one goal, including four overtime games. The Bruins gained postseason experience and several younger players took strides in their development.

It’s been two seasons since the Bruins made the change from Peter Chiarelli to Sweeney in the GM’s chair, and Jacobs believes that the results of 2016-17 and the influx of younger talent has proven that the move was the right one.

“I think we had a successful season because of what evolved, the changing of the guard … in our coaching ranks and I think our leadership showed itself very well,” Jacobs said. “I think hope springs eternal. … I think the direction is good and I think we did a tremendous job once we had (Cassidy) in place. So I’m happy with where we are and I’m happy looking at the next generation of players coming into this organization.”

WILD: Defenseman Marco Scandella underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip.

MAPLE LEAFS: Toronto signed defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year contract extension.

TUESDAY’S GAME

RANGERS 4, SENATORS 1: Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist to lead New York at home, cutting its deficit to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.