Iginla staying the course through dry goal spell

Iginla staying the course through dry goal spell
November 30, 2013, 3:45 pm
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When Jarome Iginla was in Calgary, you could pretty much set your watch to the power forward scoring 30 goals a season.

He did it for 12 years in a row, so that kind of consistency creates expectations and a certain level of demand for performance. Iginla has been solid on many levels for the Bruins in his first year with the franchise, but he’s also been in a tough luck situation when it comes to scoring goals.

Iginla has five goals and 14 points in 26 games for the Bruins, and is on pace to score only 16 goals over the course of a full season. Clearly there’s a long way to go and Iginla is in the middle of a dry spell with only two goals in 14 games during the month of November, but it’s also been a particularly slow period for linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic as well.

The zero power play goals thus far this season also raises a bit of an eyebrow.

“There have been different years where the goals come at different times. It can really switch fast. What I’ve learned over the years is just to make sure you’re shooting the puck. I believe they will come in time, but at least we’re winning hockey games right now,” said Iginla. “You just need to keep working hard, and keep getting better. You’re in good scoring situations, so you want to produce. But it’s important to also stay positive.

“But I’ve been through it before. I just draw back on that, and keep going to the net. Our line was able to put pressure on [the Rangers] and get some zone time. Krejci was skating well, and you could see Lucic was really going too.”

Iginla is keenly aware he hasn’t buried some chances that he normally knocks down, but he is second on the Bruins with 68 shots on net. So he’s using his still-there skating speed and strength on the puck to get off his deadly release, and he’s confident things will turn around for him.

He missed on a point blank chance from the slot on Friday afternoon vs. the Rangers, and his coach expects that to change as soon as the next time he fires the puck.

“I like his game: he’s working hard, he’s physical, he’s battling, he’s making good plays and the only thing right now is that those pucks aren’t going in as much as he’d like to,” said Claude Julien. “We know that Iggy [Jarome Iginla], again I said that before, when Iggy starts scoring goals they come in bunches.

“I think it’s just a matter of time, but the main thing is his game is still good and he’s still doing a lot of good things out there.”

The Bruins could use those good things to turn into goals sooner rather than later, and perhaps it starts as quickly as Saturday night against the Blue Jackets.