What a night. First the Bruins blow two two-goal leads in the third period of their game with their archrival Canadiens before losing in a shootout, and then after it appeared a deal was complete to send Calgary’s Jarome Iginla to Boston, an announcement is made that he’s in fact been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins instead, essentially for a bag of pucks (two college prospects and a first round draft pick).
Word on the street this morning is that Iginla himself chose Pittsburgh as his final destination, even though the Bruins on the surface appeared to have a stronger offer into Calgary (and who can blame him with how the Bruins hav played for the past two weeks). B’s GM Peter Chiarelli reportedly had Matt Bartkowski, prospect Alex Khokhlachev and Boston’s first round draft pick going to Calgary in exchange for Iginla, and reports this morning say that Calgary preferred this offer to what Pittsburgh eventually gave. But at the end of the day, or at least the story that Calgary GM Jay Feaster is sticking with, is that Iginla made the final call and he had to live with the consequences.
In a fashion reminiscent of pre-2011 matchups, the Montreal Canadiens rallied back from a two goal deficit in the third period before eventually winning the shootout on a Brendan Gallagher goal. The Bruins took a 4-2 lead into the second intermission after exploding for four unanswered goals in the middle frame, but once again couldn’t get the job done in the third period. Tuukka Rask took the loss for the Bruins, allowing five goals on 28 shots, and despite gaining a point the B’s relinquish the top spot in the Northeast Division to the Habs once again.
With the clock ticking down past the one week mark ahead of the April 3rd NHL trade deadline, the rumors surrounding potential trade targets for the Boston Bruins continue to run hot. The biggest name is obviously Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, who is all but guaranteed to be in a different uniform come next Wednesday. While Iginla seems to currently be the prime target, there have been numerous other names popping up this week (and today) as well, including Edmonton defenseman and Boston native Ryan Whitney.
The Bruins also announced they’ve recalled defenseman Torey Krug from Providence, just to keep things interesting.
The Bruins have claimed former Ottawa Senator Kaspars Daugavins off waivers today, according to reports. This is purely a depth move it seems, as B’s GM Peter Chiarelli was with Ottawa when Daugavins was drafted.
You’re probably familiar with him from this…
…or from when he and then teammate Zack Smith jumped David Krejci in front of the Ottawa net for no apparent reason, which made Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton a little upset. Either way, Daugavins had only a goal and two assists in 19 games this season and was a -7. He has some skill but it’s currently unclear what his role will be with the Bruins, or if he even stays with the big club. One could speculate that he’s a temporary replacement (albeit a downgrade in my opinion) for Rich Peverley, who’s name has surfaced in trade rumors recently. Stay tuned.
For the first 28 minutes of the game between the Bruins and Maple Leafs last night, it appeared the more things change the more they stay the same. With coach Claude Julien rolling out new line combinations in an attempt to spell his team’s recent struggles, the black and gold found themselves with a familiar 2-0 deficit eight minutes into the second period after a Nikolai Kulemin goal. But shortly after B’s forward Milan Lucic – stuck in a 15 game goal-less slump heading into the game – finally was able to break through and slip a puck past Toronto goalie James Reimer to put the Bruins on the board. Patrice Bergeron followed that up with a third period equalizer and then earned the two points for Boston with an impressive deke in the shootout, giving the Bruins just their second win in five games.