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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's Jarome Iginla's World, We're All Just Living In It

Nobody in the world other than maybe the man himself could have expected Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla to play so well in his first season with the Bruins. He leads the team in goals (31), is second in points (61) and third in plus/minus (+34) which is tied for third best in the league. For his unbelievable last month, he was named the NHL's First Star of March.

The Bruins went an unfathomable 15-1-1 in March and Iginla was a huge reason why they have run away with the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference's top seed. The Presidents' Trophy is also in play too as they lead the Blues by three points (St. Louis has one game in hand) with seven left.

In March, Iginla led the NHL with 13 goals and he added four assists. His shooting percentage was an absurd 31% (13 of 42). He had six multi-point performances and a six-game goal streak to boot. In addition, he put up four multi-goal games and five game-winning goals (March 4 vs. Florida, March 13 vs. Phoenix, March 15 vs. Carolina, March 18 at New Jersey and March 29 at Washington).

His eight game-winners this season are his most since 2007-08. Obviously with a guy that has his type of resume, he has checked off some milestones during this torrid stretch. He scored his 30th goal for the 12th time in 17 NHL seasons and his 560th goal which tied Guy Lafleur for 24th in NHL history.

Nobody will be more motivated on the B's when the postseason rolls around than Iginla who has never won a Stanley Cup in his Hall of Fame career. That has to scare the rest of the Eastern Conference given how well he is playing at this point.

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