BostonBruins.com – About midway through this morning’s half-hour skate at the TD Garden, Calgary Flames Head Coach Brent Sutter blew the whistle, inaugurating a 15-minute meeting before practice resumed and concluded at noon.
Iginla Chases 500
In tonight’s contest against the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames forward and captain Jarome Iginla has a chance to become the 42nd player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal plateau. The 34-year old Iginla, who is in his 15th season in the NHL (all with Calgary), is one goal away from reaching the mark. The only player in team history to do so is Lanny McDonald, whose milestone goal was the last of his career. “First it was I was just trying to make the team, get some ice time,” Iginla said, reflecting on his career. “Then try and get 20 goals for the first time, then try and get 30 goals for the first time – and you just kind of go. I’ve been very blessed to play the amount of times I have, and play with such good players and great passers over the years.” When Iginla takes a step and looks back on, it’s like a dream. “When I think about it, I have to pinch myself a little bit,” Iginla said. “It’s been fun being in the NHL, but to be one away from 500 it’s pretty neat and I’m very thankful for it. But I’d love to get it too and not have to think about it too much.”
“We have a game to play tonight, so that’s what it’s about,” Sutter said. “We don’t want to be missing because we’re not as strong as we need to be. What I want to see from our team tonight is a combat level that’s acceptable.”
The Flames (18-18-5) will battle with the Bruins (25-10-1), and will be looking to pick up the win on their last stop on a grueling, seven-game road streak.
But Calgary defender Jay Bouwmeester said he has his sights set on beating the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, rather than returning home to the Scotiabank Saddledome, which is currently hosting the World Juniors tournament.
“We have to win some games, that’s our focus right now,” Bouwmeester said. “We’re kind of on the end of a long road trip so we’re trying to end it on a good note – but we just got to find a way to win. We know what they’re expecting – we know we have to play well.”
Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said that tonight’s game is an opportunity for a big-time energy swing – one that can help the Flames snap their four-game losing streak.
“It’s a good challenge for us, and anytime you can get a game like this is big for momentum,” Iginla said. “Playing as well as they are this year, [the Bruins have] definitely been a force.
“You look forward to it as competitors, and trying to knock them off and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”