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There are few surprises left for Jarome Iginla in the NHL. The Bruins’ 36-year-old right wing has been in the league for 17 years and before Thursday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks, he had scored 530 goals. But he had not scored as a Bruin.
In his first eight games with Boston, Iginla came up empty. The savvy veteran, playing alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic, had plenty of chances and plenty of patience, but as a free agent this summer, he came to the Bruins to score goals and win games, not to be patient.
Last night, he finally got his first score, picking up a carom off the endboards and stuffing the puck between the pads of San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 18:48 of the second period. The goal was made possible when Dennis Seidenberg made a great save at the left point, corralling a backpass from Iginla to keep the puck in the Bruins’ offensive zone, then flinging it to the net for Iginla to find.