Player of the Week: December 23rd-29th
The holiday season has been very kind to Jarome Iginla lately as the former Flames Captain has four goals in his previous three games. With seven goals in 12 December games, and one game to go tomorrow night against the Islanders, Iginla is enjoying his best stretch of hockey as a Bruin.
After his two goal performance in the Bruins 6-2 in over the Nashville Predators a week ago, Iginla responded with goals in back-to-back nights as the Bruins split their home-and-home set with the Ottawa Senators this past weekend.
Iginla’s 12 goals tie him with Milan Lucic for second on the team, two behind the surprising Reilly Smith. After a bumpy October and November it’s nice for Iginla to see the goals starting to pile up.
“Yeah no it feels good. It’s been getting better. Yeah it felt, playing with Krejc [David Krejci] and Looch [Milan Lucic] right from day one I was getting some pretty good luck and some good chances and sometimes they just weren’t going” said Iginla after the Bruins 5-0 win against the Senators Friday night.
“Fortunately, I had some good some chances, it was nice to see it go in. Even for all of us I think they’re starting to go in. Some of the opportunities that we’re getting we’re getting a decent amount of shots and chances. For a while there even as a group we probably thought we could have scored more, more could have went in. So it’s nice lately that a few more are going in for the whole group.”
Iginla’s presence has helped the Bruins even when he’s not putting the puck in the net. Iginla has be a key to a new and improved power play, a unit that ranks sixth in the league entering Monday’s contests.
“Well Iggy [Jarome Iginla] and I think there’s a lot of other people. There’s a lot of people that are new on the power play this year from the [Carl] Söderbergs and [Reilly] Smith and so on and so forth and different positions. But he has that element that he’s got a good one-timer if you give it to him. Again, I thought he was getting chances earlier on, he was just a little snake-bit and now they’re going in for him just like we knew it would” said Claude Julien.
Iginla and the Bruins will look to bounce back from their loss in Ottawa Saturday night when they welcome the New York Islanders to TD Garden Tuesday night.