October 20th-October 27th: Player of the Week
If there was ever a guy the Bruins wanted to get going it was Jarome Iginla. The Bruins are off to a 7-3 start and there were questions regarding when Iginla would be that top-line scorer they paid him to be in replace of Nathan Horton.
Well, in Iginla’s last two games he has lit the lamp twice. They haven’t been the prettiest goals, but when you’re struggling, you take them however you can get them. Iginla now has two goals, two assists and a plus-3 in that span. It was never a question if Iginla was going to go on one of these streaks, it was when. Even when he is not scoring, he is playing physical and getting involved in other ways. He is currently third on the B’s with eight points in 10 games. His six assists rank him second behind David Krejci who has 10. His plus-8 ranks him second on the team behind Dennis Seidenberg.
Head coach Claude Julien is very happy for Iginla who has been finding his role with his new team.
“Yeah, I think it’s deserving and he should have had one a long time ago the way he’s played,” Julien said. “But it’s nice to see him get that goal and get rewarded for all the hard work he’s done since the start of the season.”
Iginla has rattled off 30 shots for the Black and Gold and even though only two have found the back of the net, everyone expects the goals to start coming. It seems like Iginla is gaining that confidence that he may have lost early on in the year.
Iginla spoke about getting his first goal versus the Sharks in front of the home crowd while getting a victory in the process.
“It’s been longer than I would’ve liked, but it sure felt good to get it here and to get it at home and it being a tight game,” Iginla said. “Obviously, it was a good bounce. It wasn’t exactly how I envisioned it, shooting it in or whatever you take, but at this point you take anything or anytime you take any of them, but it was a good bounce. It was a tough game and I thought as a group we got better after the first period.”
Iginla also talked about playing alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci and how well both of them are playing early on.
“They’ve been great actually all the guys have been great,” Iginla said. “Playing with Looch (Milan Lucic) and Krech (David Krejci) like I said they’re playing awesome this year. They just keep getting better and better and they’re forces. I’m getting great chances with them and you just want to contribute and get rolling with them so it was real nice.”
Even Iginla’s line mate Milan Lucic chimed in on the future hall-of-famer’s first goal of the season.
“It was great,”Lucic said. “He’s definitely had a lot of chances in the last couple of games and to see one go in for him was huge. It was a big goal in the game and it gave us a little confidence because you saw the way they came at us.”
It is a great sign that Iginla is starting to find the back of the net. They will come in bunches and right now he has scored in two straight games. Get used to it. Nathan Horton is gone and Iginla will fill in seamlessly.
Here are Iginla’s two goals from this past week: