After a slow start to the season, future Hall of Fame winger Jarome Iginla has exploded offensively for the Boston Bruins. He entered tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks riding a 5-game point streak. The streak was snapped, but he still managed to play a decisive role in the Bruins win. Iggy scored the only goal in the shootout, securing a 3-2 come from behind win for the hometown B’s.
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The former Flames captain tallied 3 goals and 5 assists in 5 games coming into this evening’s showdown with the infrequently visiting Ducks. The recent offensive outburst comes after a slow start to the campaign. Through his first 5 games, the right winger had 1 measly point.
Iginla is a notorious slow starter. At the 15-game mark of the 2011-12 NHL season (last 82 game schedule) Jarome only had 3 goals to his name. By season’s end, number 12 had an impressive 32, making it the eleventh 30 plus goal saga of his illustrious career.
The new Bruin has big shoes to fill in Boston. He replaces proven playoff hero Nathan Horton on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. While it would be entirely unfair to mention Nathan Horton in the same breathe as Jarome Iginla in the grand scheme of things, strictly speaking Bruins, Horton has earned quite the reputation.
Iggy and Horts play the game with similar intention and style. So it’s no wonder when Bruins GM Pete Chiarelli acquired Iginla many nodded in approval. He is the perfect replacement, and it could be argued that he might even be an upgrade if he can maintain the level of performance that has allowed him to record over 1,100 career points in the National Hockey League.
Next up for Iginla and the Bruins, a road game against the New York Islanders featuring newly acquired notorious Bruin killer, Thomas Vanek.