We know how badly it went for Marian Hossa when he tried to pick which team looked more likely to be a champion. Well, it’s going even worse for Jarome Iginla. Those who viewed his trade to Pittsburgh from Calgary as a wonderful story that would end up with the same happy ending as Raymond Bourque’s move to Colorado 13 years ago are going to be, it would appear, rather disappointed. You surely can’t blame Iginla for the way in which the Penguins were demolished 6-1 by the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night, a nastier beating than the Bruins were able to lay on the Maple Leafs in the first round or the Rangers in the second. Of course, you can’t blame Iginla mostly because it was hard to see he was even a participant in the game at all. He was not in any way, shape or form the impact-type performer the Pens believed they were getting when they acquired him at the trade deadline, not an offensive or physical presence against the marauding Bruins. Boston, you’ll remember, was the team that Iginla not only spurned but embarrassed on deadline day. The Bruins believed they’d made a deal with the Flames, but over the course of a ridiculous number of hours, they came to find that Iginla preferred the chance to join Sidney Crosby in Pennsylvania. Implicit in that decision, quite obviously, was a belief by Iginla that the Penguins represented his best opportunity to win that elusive Stanley Cup ring. Maybe they still do. The Penguins, after all, were the last team to fight back from an 0-2 deficit in a conference final. Unfortunately, that was 1991, so its relevance to this series is questionable at best. The main story out of Game 2, of course, will be the sieve-like performance delivered by the two Pittsburgh goalies, Tomas Vokoun and Marc-Andre Fleury, giving head coach Dan Bylsma few options heading to Boston for Game 3. The Pens have just one goal in two games, and both Crosby and Evgeny Malkin have been found wanting.
Jarome Iginla backed the wrong horse, picking Pittsburgh Penguins over Boston Bruins
Toronto Star | Jun 4