Skip to content

Iginla looks to himself, teammates to be better

Jun 4, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save on Jarome Iginla #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Consol Energy Center on June 3, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(June 2, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Out of everyone in the Eastern Conference finals, Jarome Iginla‘s position is unique. It wasn’t too long ago he was a member of the Calgary Flames, deciding if he wanted to get traded to play for Boston or Pittsburgh.

When he made his decision, he did so knowing that it was entirely possible for the Bruins and Penguins to face each other deep in the playoffs.

“I chose Pitt. I’m thrilled,” Iginla said as he prepared for this series.

You have to wonder if he’s privately asking himself ‘What if?’ after two big losses at home. If he is though, he didn’t show signs of it in his postgame interview last night. He seemed calm given the circumstances and focused as he answered reporters’ questions following a 6-1 loss.

“We got out-competed tonight and outplayed,” Iginla admitted. “There’s no question about that. So we’ll all look at ourselves. I know I need to be better, we all want to be better in this room, and we all believe we can be. You know, the Bruins played well, but we also didn’t play very well at all.”

The pressure will be on Pittsburgh to take Game 3, but a 2-0 deficit, even with both losses coming at home, isn’t an insurmountable hole to dig out of.

“Our next game is our biggest game,” Iginla said.

Iginla will enter it with no points and a minus-three rating in this series. You can’t put the Penguins’ losses on him, but he’s certainly one of the players with the potential to set a different tone for Pittsburgh going forward.

You can watch his postgame interview below:

  1. therealjr - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    The party’s over Pittsburgh, and you weren’t good enough.

    • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      I hope the Bruins take that same attitude.

      It’s a losing attitude.

      • stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        I love it when clowns think this kind of statement means something……..Chara, Krejci, Lucic, Rask are all sitting there reading our posts going ….. yeah……. YEAH

        the only losing attitude is Sindey’s curled lower lip……no, it wasn’t the refs, you douche

      • hockey412 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Clearly I must have been saying they were going to read his post. Yes….yes that’s clearly what I must have been saying. You’re a half-cocked freak, eh?

  2. upyourstodd - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Still waiting on an article that doesn’t chronicle the Penguins travails.

    • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      There were seven of them written last night. Don’t go to the comments section, because that’s just a bunch of Boston fans NOT giving Boston credit, but rather also listing out the Pens travails.

      • rogersjd16 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        Haha, so you’re trolling on every comments section of every article writing complete falsifications and taking away the fact that Penguins fans are giving up on their team. All you need to know about you schleps is you boo Jagr, the guy who helped bring you two Cups, every time he touches the puck. Stay classy.

      • hockey412 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        I’m thinking you just proved my point, no?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      There are 4 teams left playing, I don’t think we need articles on the Florida Panthers now

      • upyourstodd - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        because I was talking about some team other than the Bruins?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        I have no idea what team you’re talking about but they put up a ton of different articles on a bunch of teams per day. It seems every day someone is complaining that team X isn’t covered enough. Stop coming here if you think that’s the case.

  3. pastabelly - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    PHT’s coverage is a bit too Penguins oriented. Iginla says absolutely nothing here, but I suppose this goes well with the poll about which of too mediocre goalies the Penguins should start.

    With respect to Iginla, as a Bruins fan, I don’t care anymore that he chose Pittsburgh. He seems like a decent guy who might have brought a little more to the table than Jagr. The difference just isn’t that great.

    • whatdapuck - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Personally, I wouldn’t have minded if he hadn’t wanted to come here right from the start, the guy’s earned the right to dictate where he ends his career. But to list Boston as a desired destination only to decide at the VERY last moment that the 2nd best team in the conference, only two years removed from a cup is no longer an acceptable choice– that the ODDS ON FAVORITES are the ONLY acceptable option is just sooo weak.

      I still think he’s a class act but he couldn’t have possibly handled that situation any worse. He would have been worshiped here instead of just being a mercenary in Pittsburgh. The Bruins style has Iggy written all over it. I wish the guy well in the real world but I want nothing more than to have that “what if” haunt him for the rest of his days. You did us dirty, Iggy and the hockey gods appear to have taken notice.

      • whatdapuck - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Also, how pissed are Flames fans right now? They had to accept Pittsburgh’s trash while Bartkowski is looking totally LEGIT. Like a potential top-4 Dman and he was only the second best prospect in the deal (Koko being #1).

        He not only did Boston dirty, Calgary got a raw deal as well.

      • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Blah. Does it matter to you that you are incorrect in pretty much all of this? It may not, and if that is the case don’t read any more.

        There was no ‘situation’ – he gave a list of four teams that he would potentially be interested in, and they were in no specific order. He did not know which of those teams would be interested in a trade. Once he got the word that both Pittsburgh and Boston would be interested, he picked the one he saw the best fit with. The rest of your opinions on what you THINK was going through his head and what you THINK happened, and what you THINK would be going through his head even if the B’s win the series are nothing more than crap from an entitled horses ass.

      • whatdapuck - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Stickskills- your wrong, man. Everything I said WAS true. In fact I even left out the juciest detail…

        Iginla essentially admitted in a CBC interview that Crosby called him up and convinced him to come to Pittsburgh. Sid was the tiebreaker. Do you know what that’s called? TAMPERING… and it’s a violation of the CBA. This has happened before and the compensation for such a violation is high end draft picks. I heard an interview with Millbury and he’s convinced that there’s enough evidence to condemn the Pens should the Bruins decide to file a complaint.

        But theyre not filing a complaint so your golden boy CHEATED and got away with it. Listen, you got the guy and I already said as much so be gratious about it. I’m not allowed to root against the guy who spurned my team WHILE he’s facing my team?? WTF is wrong with you? That’s absurd and you just proved how big of a honk you really are. Good luck digging yourself out of an 0-2 hole. You’ll need it.

      • pastabelly - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        The Bruins offer to Calgary for Iginla was a better deal for Calgary. I am not as sold on Bartkowski as others are. There’s a good reason they’re paying Krug more and why Bartkowski is not playing and Ference is back in. They even opted for Redden ahead of him. Koko is an unknown, so the #1 pick is all that’s left.

        I agree that Iginla handled the situation poorly and made himself look bad. Quite honestly, I believe that he was getting bad advice from someone along the way and he has stupidly already admitted that Crosby and Lemieux tampered in making a call to him before the deal. The Penguins are lucky the Bruins didn’t file a complaint with the league. The situation was handled poorly and Peter C was obviously ticked off. I just can’t blame this one on Iginla.

  4. yougotgirouxed - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    SJSHARKS WHERE ARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?????????????????????????

  5. ironmike778 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Even if he does win a cup this year he wouldn’t have earned it.

    • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      wow….i mean, WOW.

  6. stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    it is pittsburgh destiny

    back in 2001, while the steelers were making their SB plans, drew bledsoe and troy brown tore them a new one…….again in 2004……big talkers, but down the stretch, the wheels fly off because of some kind of cheesy perceived entitlement

    • GH - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      This is a stretch – your comparing teams that play different sports and are 9 years apart.

      By that logic, the Bruins are destined to collapse a la the Boston Red Sox in 2011… you shouldn’t be trying to force a narrative here when reality is incredibly simple. The Bruins have been MILES better than the Pens in terms of execution and discipline. In addition, Rask is making all the saves he needs to be. There’s the reason they’re down 0-2, not some destiny.

      • stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM


        but it does make about as much sense as sindey and her PMSing

      • GH - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        In that it doesn’t make sense? Yes exactly.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      I don’t get how the two are related. The Bruins played like absolute garbage for most of the year and Pittsburgh did indeed seem to be the favorite to win. It’s hard to fault the guy who hasn’t won a Cup for picking the team with the best chances.

      That being said, I’ll be pumped if the Penguins lose so we can rub it in Iginla’s face haha.

  7. GH - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Looking through black-and-gold colored glasses, I can say that this has kind of been the Pens M.O this year. Lose one game, then lose the next in SPECTACULAR fashion (think about the absolute drubbing the blueshirts gave them after Buffalo broke the streak) – hopefully they can bounce back here in Boston.

    With that being said, there needs to be a change in approach here. For reasons that are incomprehensible to me, the Pens seem determined to outhit the Bruins. The problem is that isn’t what got them here – they play with speed and are willing to trade chances with teams because they believe that their talent has the better chance of putting the puck in the net. This change to be extra physical on the forecheck, while admirable, has completely disrupted the rhythm of the team, and if they want to get back into this series they need to play their game – even with that there are no guarantees given the play of Rask and the B’s D.

    • whatdapuck - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Pittsburgh rocks the black and yellow. There’s ONLY one team that dons black and gold.

      • GH - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        The Pens official team colors are Black and Vegas Gold (and white).

      • GH - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Actually no team in Pittsburgh wears Black and Yellow…. its just a really bad song made by a local rapper.

    • stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      the bruins play with speed…….the only difference is that the bruins have the best defensive forwards in the NHL…’re not going to see much given up that allows for a quick transition to a break……the hitting is merely a side effect of the pens getting pushed around…..I love the way morrows face got shoved into the corner of the goal….pretty much sums up the series so far

      • GH - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Going into this series the Pens had won six straight against Boston, and had won six straight in TD Garden, so to imply that there simply isn’t anything the Pens can do to get back in this thing is silly. There have been a few chances (especially in Game 1) that the Pens were able to utilize stretch passes to get scoring chances, and that is what they need to be doing.

        The hitting is not a side effect of the Pens getting pushed around – its a side effect of the trying to “toughen up” against the Bruins which is a fool’s errand. Pounding the defense is part of a good forecheck, the issue is that they are going for the hits at the expense of actually getting the puck.

      • therealjr - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Absolutely the Pens can get back in this. All they have to do is sign a goalie before 8pm Wednesday.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      You’re completely right. It’s great that they want to hit but they have been going out of their way to hit guys and getting caught with too many men deep in the zone allowing the Bruins easy breakouts and odd-man rushes.

  8. dropthepuckeh - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    It’s the playoffs, the next game is always the biggest. Until there is no next game….

  9. nunan - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I would say game three is the biggest thus far. Teams can go down 1-0 or 2-0 and be ok, but going down 3-0 USUALLY makes the rest of the series a forgone conclusion…usually. This Bs team is not going to lose 4 in a row. Their experience in the past only makes them better prepared for such a situation. The Pens won’t go quietly though. I think the Bs will up the physicality, being at home with a rowdy crowd.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Don’t jinx us

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Stepan (1900)
  2. J. Toews (1579)
  3. N. Bonino (1502)
  4. E. Fehr (1446)
  5. B. Gionta (1347)
  1. C. Wilson (1326)
  2. G. Bettman (1286)
  3. L. Couture (1265)
  4. A. Chiasson (1230)
  5. S. Couturier (1157)