December 28th, 2013 by

Jarome Iginla heating up in December

Jarome Iginla heating up in December

In just a few short months, Jarome Iginla’s time with the Boston Bruins has already been an eventful one.

Sure, he started off the year on a goal drought and had another stretch of games without a tally. But lately, he’s piling up the goals.

With his second period power play tally Friday night against the Ottawa Senators, Iginla now has three goals in his last two games and 11 on the season. Dating back to Dec 12th in Edmonton, the former Flames captain has eight points in a seven-game span.

Not a bad time for the 36-year old forward to heat up as the B’s look to sweep the home and home from the Sens Saturday night in Ottawa.

“It’s been getting better,” Iginla said after Friday’s 5-0 victory. “Fortunately, I had some good chances, it was nice to see go in. Even for all of us I think they’re starting to go in…For a while there even as a group we probably thought we could have scored more, so it’s nice lately that a few more are going in for the whole group.”

More than a few have gone in for the Black and Gold lately.

In the last three games, the B’s have lit the lamp 15 times and are getting contributions from several goal scorers including Iginla, Reilly Smith and Brad Marchand, just to name a few. But its Iginla and his fellow linemates, David Krejci and Milan Lucic, that are making the most headlines.

As a unit, Iginla, Krejci and Lucic have combined for the most goals this season than any trio in the National Hockey League with 27 goals. That is more than the deadly combination of Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis in Pittsburgh, who have 26 goals, and five more than Anaheim’s top line of Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (22).

From day one, Lucic, Krejci and Iginla have developed some pretty good chemistry with each other. And that continues to show three months into the 2013-14 season.

“I’ve been very fortunate to play right from training camp with Krejc and Looch,” Iginla said. “We’ve been able to work on the chemistry and try to get better as a line. I think that helps the continuity, being able to day in and day out battle through.

“We’ve had some good stretches and even through some tough stretches, Claude [Julien] has kept us together and we’ve been able to work through some things. I think Krejc is absolutely fine and Looch is doing great all year. It’s been fun to play with them.”

Iginla’s fellow linemates are pleased to see him pile up the goals recently.

“It’s great to see obviously when he gets hot, he gets hot. He’s scored 540 goals and it’s not by accident,” Lucic said about Iginla, who lit the lamp for the 541st time in his career on Friday. “You can see he’s starting to feel more comfortable this last month and it’s good to see him get rewarded.”

“He’s finding those little spots in the slot where he can get open and find the loose pucks,” said Krejci, who netted his eighth of the season in the third period. “He’s been pretty good at it the last few games and also his stick is pretty hot right now.”

In a month that included a return to Calgary and his first taste of the Bruins-Habs rivalry in the Black and Gold, Iginla is making the most of his December.

Its safe to say that Jarome Iginla is ending 2013 on a high note. Hopefully for Iginla and The Hub of Hockey, 2014 will be that much better.

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