Skip to content

Iginla celebrates 12th 30-goal season by handing Caps costly loss

Mar 29, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

With their main competitors struggling, the Washington Capitals had an opportunity to gain some ground in the Wild Card race this afternoon. Instead, they watched as Boston cruised to a 4-2 victory.

Bruins forward Jarome Iginla scored his 29th and 30th markers of 2013-14 to lead the charge. With the playoffs mere weeks away, he’s one of the hottest players in the league with 13 goals in his last 15 contests.

Excluding the shortened season, Iginla has now reached the 30-goal mark in 12 straight campaigns. He has 560 career goals, which puts him in a tie with Guy Lafleur for 24th place on the all-time list.

Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron each scored with the man advantage. Washington’s Braden Holtby started in just his second game since March 6 and stopped 31 of 33 shots.

For the Bruins, this win was about maintaining their momentum and chasing the St. Louis Blues in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy. Washington is in a far toughter position. The Capitals entered this game as one of four teams tied with 80 points in the battle for the two Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference.

Two of the other teams in that tie, Detroit and Toronto, will play against each other tonight, so at least one of them will put some distance on the Capitals. As it is, Washington is last among the four squads in end of season tiebreaker (wins minus shootout victories), although for now the Capitals have an edge on the Maple Leafs by virtue of having played in one less contest.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    That also locked in his last contract incentive. What a great signing and deal!

  2. husky2score - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Refs were absolutely terrible and while they didn’t 100% cost the game, they we’re definitely a factor in how the game played out.

  3. wishingtonredslur - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Congratulations!

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    2 of the first 3 Boston goals were purely dumb luck so I’m not totally down on the Caps right now. However they REALLY need to get back Laich and Grabovski. That’s 2 of their top 6 they’ve been without for some time now. Hillen out did not help either.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Umm both of the caps goals were dumb luck hahaa. Teach Ovi hpe to play some d.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Goals happen when one team badly outplays the other, which is what happened today.

    • selldannysell - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Get back Laich and Grabovski? If this team was worth anything, they’d already have guys stepping in up their absence. Injuries are no excuse. And I’m a Caps fan!

  5. kaptaanamerica - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Mike Bossy’s career was cut short by injury or else he might have had 12 straight fifty goal seasons…

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Wow I’m impressed by the list of people that didn’t do it. Except bossy and super Mario cut short.

  7. the8man - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    And now I’m wondering if Iginla is wondering what might have been had he chosen Boston last year instead of Pittsburgh.

    Then again, maybe he knows and he’s playing like a man who wants a Cup.

    You just never know….

    In a constant, pride filled and cautiously optimistic whisper from Baltimore, “Go Bs! Go Bs! Go Bs!”

    • c9castine - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      pointless conversation. a lot of people think that by adding 3 top forwards at the deadline the penguins messed with what they had. might not have made a difference for boston..

      i just hope nobody doubted the guy that would have been silly. even though people say it “didnt work out” in pittsburgh he still had 11pts in 13 games in the regular season and 12 pts in 15 playoff games, an even higher pace than this year.

      its Iginla and hes only 36. of course he was going to score 30…

    • letsgocaps88 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      i like the shoutout from baltimore, Charm city native here!

  8. beergold - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Iggy is the kind of player that makes the NHL great. Class head to toe, great hockey player, dressing room to final buzzer…man is Hall of Fame bound 100 % guarenteed.

  9. the8man - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Talk about a guy who’s career was cut short? Try Cam Neely.

    Absolute stud on the ice. Skate, fight, shoot, score!

  10. whiskytango333 - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Can’t help but wonder how much more Iggy would have produced last year if that idiot Bylsma utilized him correctly. Good for him, class act, I hope he gets that elusive Cup.

    Oh yeah, #FireBylsma

    • c9castine - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      as i just mentioned, he produced more as a Penguin actually.

      but thanks Coach.

      • c9castine - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        7 down votes for stating facts.

  11. mjdkid100 - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    15:52 in the 3rd. Horrible slew foot by Ovechkin. Typical of the dirty loser. Guess you have to expect that from a -31 player. Caps Ward line are the only real hockey players on that team.

  12. rahavort - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Thank you Penguins for Iginla, as he is playing incredible this season with the B’s

  13. henrik4dawin - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I know this isn’t really the right place, but did anyone see how slowly OV skated back? He could have tied up Iggy in front of the net (if he had skated slightly faster, he would have got there first) and probably stopped that goal from happening. But no, he had to slowly meander up the ice

Featured video

Caps' 'culture change' proving positive

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. J. Spezza (3632)
  2. P. Stastny (3144)
  3. E. Kane (3007)
  4. V. Hedman (3001)
  5. E. Staal (2862)
  1. J. Drouin (2688)
  2. M. Gaborik (2679)
  3. C. Crawford (2661)
  4. P. Datsyuk (2337)
  5. S. Varlamov (2300)