January 27th, 2014 by

Player of the Week: January 20th-27th

Player of the Week: January 20th-27th

He hadn’t scored a goal since January 2nd against the Nashville Predators. He had two points (one goal and one assist) since the calendar flipped to 2014. That was not the production the Boston Bruins were looking for from their first-line winger, but on Saturday in Philadelphia, Jarome Iginla broke loose in a four-point outburst where he netted two goals and notched two assists in a 6-1 victory.

Iginla now is second on the team with 15 goals trailing only Reilly Smith and Brad Marchand – both with 16 tallies – after his 95th career multi-goal game. It was only a matter of time before Iginla got his groove back and if Saturday was any indication of a stepping stone for his second half surge, the B’s will have their future Hall of Fame right-winger at full throttle.

“I thought right from the drop, every single guy was ready to go,” Iginla said after his best effort of the season versus the Flyers on Saturday. “It was a fun game to play for sure.”

Iginla spoke about the team’s strategy heading into their first meeting with the Flyers and “forecheck” was the focus.

“As a group our focus was really the forecheck and I thought it was good [against the Flyers],” said the ex-Flames captain. “Playing them, we definitely talked about having respect for their offense and trying to play in their zone instead of ours and I thought zone time, we had a great forecheck as a group and sustained and were able to get chances off of that.”

Iginla was excited to get back in the scorer’s column for his team. It had been almost a month since his last goal, but the B’s never lost confidence in the veteran.

“Some days they don’t go, but tonight we found ways to make them go,” Iginla said.

Although Iginla had a four-point game, he credited his entire team with the win.

Who can blame him? It was a dominant game from start to finish for the Black and Gold.

“It was a really good game for our team from all the way out,” Iginla said about the triumph. “That was a complete game and it felt good.”

If there was any debate if the team’s four-day layoff would be a problem, we can gently lay that discussion to rest as the B’s were men amongst boys for the entire 60 minutes.

“You know, we had a four-day break and we were trying to make the most out of it and come out and have some energy to start the game,” Iginla said.

Iginla may have been “snake-bitten” but it is not from the lack of throwing pucks on net. He is second on the team with 135 shots trailing only Patrice Bergeron who has 137.

Iginla looks as if he has gotten his swagger back. With seven games remaining before the Olympic break, Iginla hopes to get hot again before another long layoff. Maybe Iginla will welcome the two-week vacation after Saturday’s performance.

The Bruins will take on the New York Islanders Monday night. Iginla has one assist in two games played against the Isles this season.

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