The two prominent forwards that the Pittsburgh Penguins snatched from the Boston Bruins around trade deadline time won’t even be in the desperate team’s top-six in Game 3 on Wednesday. At least not to start things out.
The Penguins’ Twitter feed confirms that Jarome Iginla was shifted to the team’s third line alongside Brandon Sutter and Beau Bennett while Matt Cooke moves up to join Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
Iginla has been struggling against the team he spurned. He has a -3 rating and zero points in two games against Boston and hasn’t had a point in his last three games overall. He’s only scored in one game (a two-goal performance) in his last six playoff contests.
It probably wouldn’t be fair to call him a bust, however, as he still has almost as many points (12) as playoff games played (13) in 2013.
Still, it’s likely that Bruins fans will poke some fun, especially if Boston moves a 2-0 series lead to 3-0 tonight.
(Bennett, 21, replaces Jussi Jokinen in the lineup, by the way.)