Out of everyone in the Eastern Conference finals, Jarome Iginla’s position is unique. It wasn’t too long ago he was a member of the Calgary Flames, deciding if he wanted to get traded to play for Boston or Pittsburgh.
When he made his decision, he did so knowing that it was entirely possible for the Bruins and Penguins to face each other deep in the playoffs.
“I chose Pitt. I’m thrilled,” Iginla said as he prepared for this series.
You have to wonder if he’s privately asking himself ‘What if?’ after two big losses at home. If he is though, he didn’t show signs of it in his postgame interview last night. He seemed calm given the circumstances and focused as he answered reporters’ questions following a 6-1 loss.
“We got out-competed tonight and outplayed,” Iginla admitted. “There’s no question about that. So we’ll all look at ourselves. I know I need to be better, we all want to be better in this room, and we all believe we can be. You know, the Bruins played well, but we also didn’t play very well at all.”
The pressure will be on Pittsburgh to take Game 3, but a 2-0 deficit, even with both losses coming at home, isn’t an insurmountable hole to dig out of.
“Our next game is our biggest game,” Iginla said.
Iginla will enter it with no points and a minus-three rating in this series. You can’t put the Penguins’ losses on him, but he’s certainly one of the players with the potential to set a different tone for Pittsburgh going forward.
You can watch his postgame interview below:
Like Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here), and Patrik Nemeth (see here) before him, Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint.
Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season; however, because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, the former first-round pick has remained on Montreal’s roster.
It’s an issue that’s received a good deal of attention lately. Some believe the league should do something about it, lest more young players get “stuck” in the NHL.
Tinordi will only be allowed to spend two weeks in St. John’s, as per the rules of his conditioning loan.
Safe to say, if you’re an NHL general manager who thinks Tinordi still has potential, Marc Bergevin would welcome your best offer.
Kari Lehtonen will miss at least a few games with the upper-body injury he suffered the other night against Ottawa. The Dallas Stars announced today that they’ve placed the 32-year-old goalie on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.
With Lehtonen out, Jack Campbell has been called up from AHL Texas to be Antti Niemi‘s backup. The Stars host Vancouver Friday, with a game at Minnesota Saturday.
Campbell, the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled in the AHL this season, going 3-3-0 with an .873 save percentage.
The Stars have also recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth after the 23-year-old completed his 14-day conditioning assignment.
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Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
Gleason started last season with Carolina before he was traded to Washington in February.
In his career, he’s played 727 NHL games, plus 32 more in the playoffs.
Ryan Strome has been called back to the New York Islanders, the club announced this morning.
The 22-year-old returns to the NHL after eight games with AHL Bridgeport Sound. He had been sent there three weeks ago, after a tough start to the season.
Strome had two goals and two assists during his stint with the Tigers.
The Isles’ next game is Friday at Florida.