After 16-plus seasons with the Flames, Jarome Iginla is enjoying
his first trip back to Calgary.
The six-time All-Star, though, wants to make sure Boston leaves
with two points in hand.
Iginla faces his former team for the first time as the Bruins go
for a third consecutive win Tuesday night against the Flames.
Calgary’s all-time leader in goals (525) and points (1,095),
Iginla waived his no-trade clause in March for a chance to join
Pittsburgh and compete for the Stanley Cup. The 36-year-old
forward, though, is happy to be back and figures to receive a warm
ovation from the crowd.
“Once you get in here, a lot of flashbacks. Go over and see some
of the staff, it’s already been fun … but I’d like to play well
too. It’s business too,” he told the Flames’ official website. “I
had great experiences here. I love playing here. I’m going to enjoy
being back at the Saddledome. I hope it’s positive. I don’t have a
lot of expectations or anything. I just want to enjoy it. It’s a
thrill for me too and it will be for my family.
“I don’t plan on being extremely emotional. I want to try to
take it as it comes. It’ll be different. As you get older, and
maybe it’s the kids, but maybe get a little more emotional.”
Iginla has played well after signing a one-year deal with
Boston, posting six goals and 17 points. He was one of five
different players to score Sunday, helping lead Boston (20-8-2) to
a 5-2 win at Toronto.
Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron each had two points while
Milan Lucic and David Krejci added two assists apiece. The
short-handed Bruins were without enforcer Shawn Thornton, who is
still awaiting punishment for his takedown of Penguins defenseman
Brooks Orpik on Saturday.
“It was (good),” Iginla said. “Just to get the focus on just
winning a game and playing. Because, yeah, it was pretty emotional.
Everybody felt that from (Saturday) night.”
The Bruins were also missing defensemen Adam McQuaid (lower
body) and Johnny Boychuk (back) and forwards Loui Eriksson
(concussion) and Chris Kelly (broken ankle). McQuaid, though, has a
chance to play Tuesday.
“The way we play is a very demanding way of playing but we feel
our scouts and upper management have done a good job of giving us
the types of players who can play that game,” coach Claude Julien
said. “It’s about believing what your team’s all about. Going out
there and doing it, whether you’re a young player or an older
player. Our game can never change.”
The Flames (11-14-4) return home after beating Edmonton 2-1 in
overtime Saturday, their third win in four games. Jiri Hudler
scored 3:14 into OT and rookie Reto Berra made 30 saves.
Hudler, leading the team with 27 points, battled through an
illness that was originally supposed to keep him out.
“Jiri deserves lots of credit,” coach Bob Hartley said. “He was
sick all night and flew in this afternoon and it was a gutsy
effort. … I was very, very impressed with our team. We battled
for 60-plus minutes.”
Picking up another two points could prove difficult against the
Bruins, who have allowed an NHL-low 59 goals. The Flames have
scored just 2.4 per game during a 2-6-2 stretch at home.
Boston’s Tuukka Rask ranks among the league leaders with a 1.91
goals-against average. He stopped all 25 shots in a 9-0 win over
Calgary on Jan. 5, 2012, his only appearance in the series.
Bergeron and Krejci combined for three goals and three assists in
Boston has taken three straight and four of five from Calgary
behind eight points from Bergeron.