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Jarome Iginla, Kevan Miller day-to-day with Bruins being ‘cautious’ 04.07.14 at 12:31 pm ET
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Jarome Iginla and Kevan Miller were both missing from Monday’s practice at TD Garden, as the Bruins consider both players day-to-day. They are both options to play for the Bruins Tuesday in Minnesota and/or Thursday in Winnipeg.

Both players missed Saturday’s win over Philadelphia, with the Bruins saying neither were healthy scratches. Iginla has missed two of the Bruins’ last three games with a lower-body injury after playing the first 75 games of the season, while Miller had played 33 consecutive games prior to sitting against the Flyers.

“They’re coming on the trip with us,” Claude Julien said. “They’re still day-to-day [because we're] being cautious this time of year, so we’re just not pushing them. They’re coming on the trip. Is there a chance that they could play? Yes.”

Asked if Iginla and Miller would be in the lineup if the playoffs were to start that day, Julien said that there is “no doubt” that both players would be healthy enough to play.

Julien added that with four games left in the regular season, he will rest more players in the coming games.

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘I always want to be out there’ 04.02.14 at 12:27 pm ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the end of the regular season, the physical nature of the playoffs and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Bruins have been on a hot streak lately, going 15-0-2 in the month of March. The run has secured a division title for the Bruins with seven games to go. It has come at a cost, however, as the players are a little sleep-deprived after all the traveling and back-to-backs.

“You get sore, you get tired,” Thornton said. “I think the change in time zones — last week or the week before we were in four different time zones in five days. It just screws up your sleep pattern.”

With Zdeno Chara now 37 years old, there has been speculation that the defenseman will be rested over the next few games.

“He’€™s one of the hardest-working guys I’ve ever met,” Thornton said. “He wants to win at the end of the day, though, and I think that’€™s the most important thing. I’€™m not sure what’€™s going to happen, whether he’€™s going to get some games off or some road trips off or what they’€™re going to do, but I’€™m sure it’ll be a civil conversation.’€

Thornton enjoyed the extra playing time in March due to all the back-to-backs. It was not only helpful for him, but for his line as well.

“I always want to play,” Thornton said. “The month of March, actually, with so many games is pretty good, too. Our line got a fair amount of ice time through the whole thing as well with all the back-to-back stuff. The more I can play, the happier I am. I always want to be out there.”

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Jarome Iginla named NHL’s First Star of the Month 04.01.14 at 1:37 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Jarome Iginla has been named the NHL‘s First Star of the Month for the month of March.

Iginla led the NHL with 13 goals in 17 games during the month, scoring on an absurd 31 percent of the 42 shots he took. He also had four assists to total 17 points in March. He was named the league’s third star of the week two weeks ago.

Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux were the second and third stars, respectively.

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Bruins clinch Atlantic Division as Jarome Iginla hits 30 goals 03.29.14 at 3:07 pm ET
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The Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division Saturday with a 4-2 win over the Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Jarome Iginla had two goals in the win, making him the Bruins’ first free agent signing to ever score 30 goals in a season.

Iginla first got the B’s on the board when Carl Soderberg exited the penalty box in the second period and sent a pass ahead to Iginla, who beat Braden Holtby to make it 1-0. Later in the period, Soderberg scored his 15th goal of the season when he tipped a Patrice Bergeron shot on the power play past Holtby. Forty-one seconds later, Iginla made it 3-0.

The Capitals got a goal back in the form of a Jason Chimera tally with 10 seconds left in the second period, but Bergeron made it a three-goal lead for the Bruins again with a power-play goal in the third period. Washington scored again in the final minute, but Boston was able to hold on.

Bergeron’s extended his streak to six games with a goal and left open the possibility that he could hit 30 himself this season. Bergeron’s current total makes for the second-most he’s had in a single season, as he scored 31 goals in the 2005-06 season.

Chad Johnson picked up the win for the B’s, making 31 saves in the victory.

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Jarome Iginla named NHL’s Third Star of the Week 03.24.14 at 1:30 pm ET
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Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla was named the NHL‘s third Star of the Week for the week ending March 23. Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist were named the First and Second Stars, respectively.

In five games during the week, Iginla had five goals, which was one less than Nyquist’s league-leading six for the week.

Iginla has scored 11 goals during the Bruins’ 12-game winning streak. That leads the Bruins by a large margin, as Patrice Bergeron is second on the team with five goals during the streak. On the season, Iginla leads the Bruins with 28 goals.

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Jarome Iginla named NHL Third Star of the Week 02.10.14 at 4:41 pm ET
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Bruins forward Jarome Iginla was named the NHL‘s Third Star of the Week ending February. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was named the First Star of the Week, while Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen took Second Star honors.

Iginla had multi-point games in three of his four contests over the week, picking up a goal and an assist against the Canucks and Senators, two assists against the Oilers and one assist against the Blues.

On the season, Iginla has 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points in 57 games played. The 36-year-old Iginla has yet to miss a game in his first season with the Bruins.

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Peter Chiarelli happy with how his summer moves have worked so far: ‘That’s what is expected of me’ 02.08.14 at 5:35 pm ET
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Eyebrows were a bit more than raised when Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli traded away young gun Tyler Seguin and reliable forward Rich Peverley to the Dallas Stars last summer in return for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser.

That was a Fourth of July calculated gamble that Chiarelli was willing to take just a week after his team lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals. Smith has 18 goals this season on the Marchand-Bergeron line, second only to Marchand’s 19 goals this year. Add to that the addition of veteran forward Jarome Iginla to replace Nathan Horton on the top line, and the moves have worked out quite nicely for the Bruins.

Iginla scored again Saturday and all of a sudden has 17 goals with 25 assists. Eriksson assisted on the first two goals Saturday and has 14 helpers on the season, not bad considering he’s missed 21 games with a pair of concussions.

Before he joins one of seven Bruins off to the Sochi Winter Games, Chiarelli was asked before Saturday’s 7-2 demolition of the Senators at TD Garden just how satisfying it is knowing the deals he made in the summer have paid off.

“It’€™s good, I mean that’€™s what is expected of me,” Chiarelli said. “Certainly I’€™ll hear it from you guys if they don’€™t. You, know Iggy ‘€“ high character. So you know you’re going to get a good effort. What were my other deals? Loui [Eriksson], yeah Loui is still a work in progress but I’€™ve seen parts of his game that I’€™m going to expect at some point that I have seen before. He’€™s got to work his way through it but he is a very good two way player and I’€™m happy with him. Reilly [Smith], of course has been good. So yeah it’€™s good. That’€™s what I’€™m expected to do and it helps bringing these players into a successful team and structure. It’€™s easier to do that provided they buy in and these guys have bought in.”

Will he look at bringing in veteran leaders at the March 5 trade deadline?

“Usually when I’€™m trying to add something on a temporary basis, on a rental basis, I’€™d like that player to have some experience,” Chiarelli said. “So, that usually translates into being a veteran. Playoff experience would be good too so that’€™s something I look for, I don’€™t know if I’€™m going to get it if we add somebody but that’€™s what I look for, I think it’€™s important. I t’€™s not so much for leadership; I feel our group has strong leadership. It’€™s more for having been in the battles and having that composure because that is what you need to win, is composure and compete by the composure also.”

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