Jarome Iginla scores twice as Bruins clinch Atlantic Division

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Jarome Iginla scored twice as the Boston Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division crown via a 4-2 triumph over the Washington Capitals Saturday at Verizon Center. Iginla tied Montreal Canadiens forward Guy Lafleur for 24th all-time at 560 goals and helped the Bruins won for the 14th time in their past 15 games. Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron also scored while Chad Johnson made 31 saves for Boston (51-17-6). Jason Chimera and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, and Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots for Washington (34-28-12), which remains in a four-way tie with the Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs at 80 points. The Blue Jackets and Red Wings hold down the two Eastern Conference wild-card spots for the Stanley Cup Playoffs by virtue of having played the fewest games. Iginla’s first goal gave Boston a 1-0 lead early in the second period. After serving a minor penalty for slashing, Soderberg took advantage of the Capitals’ sloppy neutral-zone play, fishing a puck out from along the boards and springing Iginla free. Iginla finished a breakaway with a snap shot past Holtby at 2:48. Soderberg extended the Bruins’ lead to 2-0 at 7:35 with a power-play goal, deflecting Bergeron’s shot from the slot just enough for it to trickle past Holtby. Forty-one seconds later, Iginla scored again, following his own shot and depositing the rebound for a 3-0 advantage. The goal gave the 36-year-old his 12th career 30-goal season; only nine players in League history have more than Iginla. With time winding down in the second period, the Capitals made one last rush up ice. Chimera was able to slide a shot past Johnson with 10 seconds remaining to cut Washington’s deficit to 3-1. Bergeron added an insurance goal at 13:17, pouncing on a rebound on the power play. Both teams play on the road Sunday with the Bruins facing the Philadelphia Flyers and the Capitals visiting the Nashville Predators.

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