As the playoffs draw nigh, the Calgary Flames will be on the outside looking in for a fifth straight season. Not to fret, Jarome Iginla and the Boston Bruins have enough room on the bandwagon to support the ‘C of Red’.
As with any supporter of one team, who is a fan of the sport in general, the playoffs are a spectacle to still entrench oneself in, yet picking a temporary ‘team’ can be cause for internal strife. While home team rivalries no doubt factor into eliminating teams to potentially cheer for, one can be left with a handful of possibilities at the start of the NHL version of the sweet 16.
This is where the beauty of the Bruins comes into play. Iginla, the greatest Flames player in the history of the organization, currently finds himself on the B’s top line, alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci, in his quest for the Stanley Cup. Every Flames fan will surely be rooting for Iginla in his pursuit of hockey’s Holy Grail. Iginla’s Saturday matinee game-winner vs. the Washington Capitals was his 30th goal of the season for the Bruins. At 36 years of age, Iginla has produced a tremendous year, accompanying his 30 goals with 30 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-34.
The Bruins have been the class of the Eastern Conference this year and Iginla has been a large contributor to their success. The Bruins have amassed 108 points through 74 games played as they battle the St. Louis Blues for the overall No. 1 seed and home- ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Still not 100 percent sold?
Don’t forget it was the Bruins who crushed the dreams of Vancouver Canucks fans everywhere in the spring of 2011 when they delivered a 4-0 drilling in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (in Vancouver, no less) to claim Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The choice is easy for Flames fans wondering who to root for this postseason — Iggy and the Bruins.