Jarome Iginla on his slow start to season: ‘I’ve been here many times’
|10.15.13 at 1:57 pm ET|
The numbers are not pretty for 36-year-old Jarome Iginla to start the Boston portion of his career.
No goals, one assist in five games on 19 shots.
The effort is there, like the rest of the team. But like the rest of the Bruins, the finishing touch has yet to be put on his work. After failing to get the right winger at the trade deadline last spring, the Bruins signed him to a one-year, $6 million deal in the summer with the hopes of successfully replacing Nathan Horton and giving another right wing – 22-year-old Jordan Caron – more time to mature.
Last season, he had one goal in his first 16 games before finishing with 14 between Calgary and Pittsburgh. In 2011-12, he opened with two goals in his first 10 games and four in his first 15. The year before? Two goals in his first 17 games, before breaking out with a hat trick in Game No. 18.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been here many times,” Iginla said Monday. “It’s all part of the game and you just try to work hard and keep going and keep getting the chances and always keep saying that the next one is going to go in.”
Iginla is getting his chances with David Krejci and Milan Lucic and the general consensus is that he looks more in tune with with his linemates in his first five games than fellow newcomer Loui Eriksson on the second line with Patrice Bergeron with Brad Marchand line.
“Krech and Looch have been playing great and working hard and I’m trying to work hard with them and like I’ve said I’ve had really good chances for a number of games,” Iginla said. “Whenever you win you never feel as bad, you just shrug it off and say next time. But whenever you lose by a goal it always feels a lot worse when you know that one of those could have made a difference. But keep going and like I said I’ve been here before and you just keep working through it and stay positive and keep trying to get open and like I say, keep believing the next one goes in.”
In an attempt to get Iginla some momentum, Claude Julien placed Iginla on Boston’s 5-on-3 power play unit. Good chances, a couple of missed shots but still no dice.
“I think I had a few of them but two were good ones, one I just missed probably by a couple inches the top right corner, one I missed by a mile and that was just trying to hard and too excited and just missed it,” Iginla said. “But I thought ‘ when you’re feeling it those go in and unfortunately they didn’t. It was an important time of the game, it could have been a big difference. And you get out there in those situations and you definitely want to help the team and feel responsibility, all of us out there. So when you don’t score when you have a two minute one it stings but at the same time I think the guys did a great job and just keep going almost to that last second and really we almost found a way to get it to over time there.
“I wish I could use that excuse but no. I’ve been here before and It’s something that’s pretty much a yearly thing. You go through it, you get chances and part of scoring goals is you want to get chances consistently and that’s what you really count on as far as the percentages and it goes in streaks and you want to make the good ones as long as you can and the bad ones as short as you can. But the biggest part of it is just trying to get those chances consistently and staying positive and keep shooting it. Because what happens is you stop shooting it and then you start thinking too much so I’ve been fortunate to play with Krech [David Krejci] and Looch [Milan Lucic] and they’re playing very well and I’m getting lots of great passes and great opportunities. There’s no excuses, I’ve been here many times before and I believe I’ll come out of it and it’s about opportunities and I’m getting tons of those and I’m just going to keep going. It’d be nice to contribute and get the first and get going.
“I think you just try to make sure you’re working hard and skating and not think to much and just keep shooting, going to the net. It’s probably going to the net that’s the biggest thing and you just go to the net and swing and you just get one. It’s amazing how much better you feel and how much the puck feels better and it’s just the timing and not trying to be anxious and hope it goes in as opposed to just shooting and letting it go in. So yeah it’s part of it and I’m not discouraged by any means. Disappointed today and disappointed when you lose the close games but not discouraged.”