BOSTON (CBS) – The game didn’t count, and his two goals won’t show up in the stat sheet this season, but for Jarome Iginla his Boston Bruins preseason debut was a big success.
Iginla took his spot on Boston’s top line alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and scored the game’s first and then deciding goal in the Bruins’ 6-3 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens.
“This was my first chance to play with [Lucic and Krejci] and see them up close,” the 36-year-old forward said after the game. “I can see why they have a lot of success.”
“Getting to see them up close and how strong they are, how smart — they got some really good looks tonight and I had some fun playing,” added Iginla. “As a team, it felt good.”
The Boston top line made things difficult for Montreal, scoring three of Boston’s six goals and totaling six points on the evening. Iginla was fed by Lucic and defenseman Torey Krug on each of his goals, a sign that the transition from Pittsburgh to Boston should go smoothly for the 16-year-veteran.
Iginla’s first goal came on a Boston power play, one area the team has had difficulty with in years past. Iginla’s power play score was one of four goals the Bruins scored on the man-advantage in Montreal.
In all, the B’s new top-liner played 17:41, with 4:39 of that coming on the power play. Again, all of this came in a game that doesn’t count towards anything, but seeing the chemistry displayed by the first line is encouraging — especially when it comes against the rival Canadiens.
The B’s are back in action Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals, but chances are Iginla and the rest of his first-line mates will get the evening off.