Iginla named NHL's First Star for March

Iginla named NHL's First Star for March
April 1, 2014, 2:15 pm
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WILMINGTON -- Jarome Iginla would have seemed a shoo-in for No. 1 Star for the month of March after scorching NHL defenses for 13 goals and 17 points in 17 games, and that’s exactly what happened.

The red-hot Gustav Nyquist and Claude Giroux were named No. 2 and No. 3 Star by the NHL respectively.

Just call it the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth. Iginla led all players with 13 goals while scoring on a league-best 31 percent of his shots (13-of-42) to power the Bruins to a 15-1-1 record in March, and helped them speed away from the competition in the division and conference.

“It’s been good. It’s been fun. It’s one of those things you don’t really expect, but I’ve gotten some good bounces, and some good passes from my lineys,” said the 36-year-old Iginla. “As a line we’ve had some success, and it’s been a great run as a team. That’s something that we’ve all benefitted from.”

Iginla also posted four multi-goal games and scored five game-winning goals (March 4 vs. FLA, March 13 vs. PHX, March 15 vs. CAR, March 18 at NJ and March 29 at WSH) giving him eight such tallies this season, his most in one campaign since 2007-08 (9).

Iginla scored his 30th goal of the season March 29 in a win over the Capitals and reached the milestone for the 12th time in the last 13 years. He also recorded his 560th career goal, tying Guy Lafleur for 24th in NHL history when he scored No. 30 last weekend.

Playing in his first season with the Bruins, Iginla has 30-31—61 in 75 games and is tied for third in the League with a +34 rating. Certainly Iginla has proven wrong those voices out of Calgary that felt the legs were slowing down, and that the hands weren’t quite what they used to be for the future Hall of Famer.

Iginla looks energized by playing in Boston on the verge of a playoff journey, and he’s got the massive statistics to prove it.