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Bruins’ Iginla staying positive despite scoring struggles


His goal production is down compared to years past.

But Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla isn’t dwelling on that, at least not publicly, despite just five goals in 26 games this season, which comes after he signed a one-year deal worth $6 million in total this summer.

The 36-year-old right winger has twice scored 50 goals or more in a season, and isn’t far removed from 32 and 43-goal seasons with the Calgary Flames.

“There have been different years where the goals come at different times. It can really switch fast. What I’ve learned over the years is just to make sure you’re shooting the puck. I believe they will come in time, but at least we’re winning hockey games right now,” Iginla told

“You just need to keep working hard, and keep getting better. You’re in good scoring situations, so you want to produce. But it’s important to also stay positive.”

NHL matinee on NBC: Rangers seek revenge against roughed-up Bruins

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) threatening in the third period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) defends on the play as the Bruins defeated the Rangers 2-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Looking to rest off yesterday’s feast? NBC has a 1 p.m. ET game set up between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. In addition to NBC, you can also watch it online.

For the first time since they were eliminated by the Bruins in the 2013 playoffs, the New York Rangers will return to TD Garden. They’re out for revenge, but Boston will be looking to heal from even fresher wounds.

Boston traveled to Detroit on Wednesday were handed an embarrassing 6-1 setback.

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“Everything we did (Wednesday night) was just disastrous,” Bruins coach Claude Julien remarked, according to the Boston Herald.

“Every once in a while during the season you get a game like that and you just hope it wakes your team up a little bit. Hopefully a little jolt like that will help you get better here.”

With that in mind, this game has extra meaning for the Bruins. This will determine if that crushing defeat was just a blip on the radar or a far more ominous sign.

Meanwhile the Rangers are hoping that their lowest point is already well behind them. They endured a brutal nine-game road trip to start the season and have just barely finished climbing out of the 3-6-0 hole they were in by the time that stint ended.

They’re wrapping up another lengthy journey, but this time it’s gone far better with three wins in four matches going into this contest. Henrik Lundqvist and rookie Cam Talbot have played a huge part in that turnaround, ensuring that the Rangers have consistently enjoyed solid goaltending.

Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask is tentatively penciled in to counter Lundqvist. Like his teammates, Rask didn’t come out of Wednesday’s contest looking particularly good, but he has been terrific overall this season. A match against the Rangers might be the perfect antidote for a bad game too, given that he turned aside 43 of 44 shots against New York when he faced them on Nov. 19.

Playing against the Rangers has been a pretty good gig for opposing goaltenders so far this season. New York is averaging just 2.12 goals per game, so if the Bruins’ forwards click today, then the Rangers will have difficulty keeping pace.

The Rangers’ offense ran dry against the Bruins during the playoffs and again in their match a week and a half ago. We’ll see if they can break that cycle today.

Discuss: Red Wings dominate Bruins on NBCSN

Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings

In an Original Six match-up, the Detroit Red Wings hung six goals on the Boston Bruins.

The Red Wings took the lead in the first period and the floodgates opened in the second and third periods, as they defeated the visiting Bruins 6-1 to conclude Wednesday’s Rivalry Night on NBCSN.

Let’s discuss:

    • Things haven’t necessarily gone the Red Wings’ way of late. And you can look at this any number of ways, depending on your perspective. The Red Wings have won only three times in their last 11 games; won three times in their last four games; and twice in a row. Moving on up.
    • No Pavel Datsyuk (head) and Todd Bertuzzi (shoulder) for Detroit. No problem. Tonight.
    • Not the Bruins best night. They had 17 shots on goal.
    • Jarome Iginla scored his fifth of the season for the Bruins, cutting the Red Wings to five with 2:25 remaining in regulation. Is he in your hockey pool?
    • Should be mentioned that Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson has won his last three starts. In his last two starts, he’s allowed a combined two goals on 39 shots.
    • Despite their struggles in November, the Red Wings are only three points back of the Bruins for top spot in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins do have a game in hand.