BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins are riding a near-franchise record 12-game winning streak, and veteran winger Jarome Iginla has been leading the charge.
Iginla has scored eight goals in his last five games, with five of those goals coming during the past week. Iginla was named the NHL’s third star of the week as a result.
Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist (six goals and an assists in four games) and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist (3-0-0 record, 1.67 goals-against average, .942 save percentage) were named the No. 1 and No. 2 stars, respectively.
Iginla scored two game-winning goals in the past week, his third and fourth in the month of March. He’s also climbed the NHL leaderboard for goals, bringing his season total to 28, which ranks him tied for 16th in the NHL.
The 36-year-old has played in all 71 Bruins games this season, and he’s on pace to finish the year with 32 goals and 35 assists. Iginla is also tied for third in the NHL in plus-minus rating at plus-32, trailing only teammates Patrice Bergeron (plus-36) and David Krejci (plus-35).
“[Losing Nathan Horton to free agency] was a big hole to fill. [Iginla has] come in there and filled that hole really well,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said of Iginla after a two-goal performance against Minnesota last week. “Obviously, you mention all the stats. I don’t have to repeat that. He’s fit in so well with that line [with Krejci and Milan Lucic]. He brings us the same thing the other guy did with his size and his scoring ability. He’s done a great job. And again, we’re talking about a veteran here who has tremendous leadership qualities. Again, maybe not surprising to a lot of people what he’s accomplished here, and certainly he’s been a great asset to our team where, like I said, it could’ve been a lot different had we not gotten him.”
Iginla also played in his 1,300th NHL game last week, the 55th-most of all time, and he scored his 558th goal, leapfrogging Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk for the 25th-most of all time.
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