Every opponent has tried to beat the Bruins' with an overdose of team speed, then tires and are overwhelmed by Boston's bigger bodies; Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson have been doing their best impersonations of a brick wall; and Jarome Iginla has embarked on another hot streak.
|Jarome Iginla (r) has been honored by the NHL twice in two months|
Put those things together and you have a Bruins' team on the cusp of historic run.
Unfortunately, the National Hockey League only gives out three stars each week, and it is Iginla's performance that has been so honored - though his torrid pace has been going on for three weeks now, there are so many huge individual performances in the league lately that Iginla just did manage to sneak in to become the third star for the week ending March 23rd.
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— NHL (@NHL) March 24, 2014
It is the second time that Iginla has been named the third star of the week in two months, the previous occurrence came the week of February 9th - a week which was on the back end of a remarkable 14 points in eight games that saw the Bruins take control of the Atlantic Division with a 6-1-1 record...
...a run that pales in comparison to the current streak, which has seen the balance of power in the NHL shift from St. Louis to Boston, as the Bruins have surpassed the Blues in the race for the President's Cup, awarded to the team who finishes the regular season with the best record in the league.
During the twelve game streak, Iginla has scored 11 goals on 35 shots, a crazy 31% clip that includes four game winners and has earned him a plus-eleven rating during the span - but his last week was even better than that.
The Bruins played four games last week - three on the road - all wins, of course, and "Iggy" as he is affectionately referred to by his fans, has five goals on just 12 shots for an even more insane 41% accuracy with a game winner.
There are other Bruins' that certainly were under consideration, including Johnson for his two wins between the pipes, including one shutout, and Patrice Bergeron's three game goal streak in which he scored the first goal in each game of the Bruins' just completed three game road trip...
...but Iggy's performance tops them all.