Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/23/13 at 09:17 AM ET
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins signed Iginla on July 5 to put pucks in nets, like he did on 530 previous occasions heading into 2013-14. Iginla leads the Bruins with 24 shots. None has gone in. Through seven games, Iginla’s been more valuable as a penalty killer and fighter instead of as a finisher.
The smile on Iginla’s face, however, indicates a player who is otherwise satisfied with his game. Iginla is creating chances on the first line alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. On the power play, Iginla’s presence at the left circle on the No. 1 unit is freeing seams for his teammates. Iginla is playing on the penalty kill. He’s fought twice, both times against Tampa Bay’s Radko Gudas.
“At this time of year, I’m actually feeling pretty good,” said a cheery Iginla (0-2—2, 18:15 average ice time per game). “I’m feeling probably better than I have the last couple years at this time of year as far as shots and timing. A big part of it is being able to jump in there with Krech and Looch and their familiarity with each other. They’ve helped me fit in with them.”
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