Some remarkable feats have contributed to the Boston Bruins' 12 game
winning streak, but three particular things have stood out above all
Every opponent has tried to beat the Bruins'
with an overdose of team speed, then tires and are overwhelmed by
Boston's bigger bodies; Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson have been doing
their best impersonations of a brick wall; and Jarome Iginla has
embarked on another hot streak.
Jarome Iginla (r) has been honored by the NHL twice in two months
Put those things together and you have a Bruins' team on the cusp of historic run.
the National Hockey League only gives out three stars each week, and it
is Iginla's performance that has been so honored - though his torrid
pace has been going on for three weeks now, there are so many huge
individual performances in the league lately that Iginla just did manage
to sneak in to become the third star for the week ending March 23rd.
It is the second time that Iginla has been named the third star of the week in two months, the previous occurrence came the week of February 9th
- a week which was on the back end of a remarkable 14 points in eight
games that saw the Bruins take control of the Atlantic Division with a
...a run that pales in comparison to
the current streak, which has seen the balance of power in the NHL shift
from St. Louis to Boston, as the Bruins have surpassed the Blues in the
race for the President's Cup, awarded to the team who finishes the
regular season with the best record in the league.
During the twelve game streak, Iginla has scored 11 goals on 35 shots, a crazy
31% clip that includes four game winners and has earned him a
plus-eleven rating during the span - but his last week was even better
The Bruins played four games last week -
three on the road - all wins, of course, and "Iggy" as he is
affectionately referred to by his fans, has five goals on just 12 shots
for an even more insane 41% accuracy with a game winner.
are other Bruins' that certainly were under consideration, including
Johnson for his two wins between the pipes, including one shutout, and
Patrice Bergeron's three game goal streak in which he scored the first
goal in each game of the Bruins' just completed three game road trip...