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:
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?