Iginla (finger) cleared to play vs. Flames

Iginla (finger) cleared to play vs. Flames
December 16, 2013, 5:15 pm
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WILMINGTON -- Jarome Iginla missed Monday morning’s practice at Ristuccia Arena while he was getting his left hand checked out. The Bruins winger appeared to dislocate his left ring finger following a Saturday night fight with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler.

Matt Fraser skated in his place alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci during practice.

Now it appears that Iginla will be ready to answer the bell Tuesday night when the Bruins host the Calgary Flames.

A source told CSNNE.com that Iginla was cleared to play by doctors on Monday afternoon, and will be back on the ice just as he was on Saturday for the second and third period.

“It was a busy week for him," Claude Julien said. "Went back to Calgary, went home to Edmonton where he grew up and then went to Vancouver where’s there a lot of history with those Western Conference teams. He came back out after that fight and played the rest of the game with that finger. But that’s exactly what I’ve been talking about with all these players: They knew we had no extra guys, and nobody wanted to bail out on us.

“It speaks volumes to the character, and I can’t speak enough about it.”

Iginla hit Kesler with a clean, hard body check in the first period of Saturday’s game, and was ready to drop the gloves when the Vancouver center immediately came after him looking for a fight. He bent his finger grotesquely at the end of the bout, but finished to skate for 13:43 of ice time in the final two periods.

Iginla’s teammates certainly took notice of the 36-year-old’s toughness shown by returning to the game after what appeared to be a painful finger injury.

“It speaks volumes about his commitment to us, and to the team,” said Patrice Bergeron. “He wants to do whatever he can do to be out there battling with us. I have nothing but good things to say about him. He’s a true leader and a veteran, and in that moment he showed not only how tough he is . . . but also how committed he is.”

Iginla will continue to show that toughness and that commitment when he shrugs off any residual pain to suit up for Tuesday night’s tilt with his former Flames team.