Iginla scores twice, B's hold on for 4-2 win over Oilers
DS44 celebrates his goal (Photo by Derek Leung)
Jarome Iginla couldn't score in his return to Calgary on Tuesday night, but I'm sure he and Flames fans everywhere don't mind him scoring twice in his return to Edmonton.
Hearing a smattering of boos every time he touched the puck, Iginla netted his 7th and 8th goals of the year, including an empty netter, to ice the game and vault the Bruins past the Oilers 4-2. Dennis Seidenberg got the scoring started at 10:25 with his first goal of the year. Leading the rush from his own zone and through the neutral zone, Seidenberg simply flipped a fluttering puck on net, and Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk completely biffed it, letting it slip past his glove and into the net. Although it may have had something to do with Seidenberg ever-so-slightly faking the dump in around the boards (as we've seen him do before).
The Bruins added two more in the period, one off the stick of Jarome Iginla, blasting a pass from the top of the face-off circle off a feed from Seidenberg. The first line had some great cycle work below the net, aided by Seidenberg, who played catch with David Krejci for a sequence. Seids found Iginla in the sweet spot and Iginla launched the slapshot past Dubnyk with Milan Lucic screening in front.
Brad Marchand netted his 5th of the year shorthanded at 18:17, with all the credit going to Patrice Bergeron for making the play happen.With the two breaking out of their zone off a turnover, Bergeron stick-handled all the way past the face-off dot, before zipping the tape-to-tape pass past two Oilers and over to the waiting Marchand, who roofed it above Dubnyk and ending his night.
#17 goes toe-to-toe with Gazdic (Photo by Derek Leung)
The second period saw a lot more physicality, highlighted by the heavy-weight bout between Lucic and Oilers fourth-liner Luke Gazdic. Both got plenty of hard shots in, with Lucic landing about a half-dozen right to Gazdic's ribs.
Oilers winger David Perron did all he could to single-handedly bring his team back from the 3-0 hole, scoring twice in the second, once at 3:25 and again at 17:27. Both goals were not something for the Bruins to be proud of, as one was a wrister from just inside the blue-line, and it looked like Chad Johnson just misjudged its path, and it found its way past his blocker.
The second came as result of Perron outworking Patrice Bergeron of all people, beating him on the wraparound attempt and getting it past the Johnson before he could get his pad to it.
But the Bruins battened down the hatches and turned aside 14 Oilers shots in the third period, and killing off two huge power plays late in the period to shut the door.
Chad Johnson was huge, especially on the sequence right before the second penalty and for the play afterwards. He turned aside plenty of high-quality scoring chances from the Oilers as they threw all they could towards the Bruins in trying to tie the game.
But the Bruins killed the penalties, and Iginla iced the game when he found the empty net from the neutral zone shot.
The B's have now won four in a row and look to keep the streak going versus Vancouver on Saturday.
The Bruins finish road trip Saturday night at Vancouver. It'll be the first time playing in Vancouver since the B's won the Cup in 2011.
Milan Lucic now has 3 fights on the year, and two in the last week (Thursday vs Deryk Engelland)
NESN flashed Chad Johnson's stats on his season, and boy do they sparkle. Johnson is 5-0-1, having won five straight, posting a 1.77 GAA and a .938%. Not bad for a backup.
As if the Calgary Flames fanbase couldn't love Jarome Iginla in his post-Flame career enough already, seeing him score twice vs their hated rivals in the same week must feel pretty good for them.
With the Flyers 2-1 victory over Montreal, the Bruins create even more distance between themselves and the Canadiens, with the gap now at five points in the Atlantic.