Look up a Jarome Iginla highlight reel video, and chances are you will see a few one-time slap shots from the circle that ended up in the back of the net.
Overall, Iginla continues to pad his Hall of Fame resume, still racking up the goals even at 39 years old. Just a few years ago the veteran registered a 30 goal, 60 point season with the Boston Bruins. Since then, however, we have seen a decline in his point production. He still scored 20 goals, 40 points last season, but it was a quick drop off from just a few years back.
This year has been trying, with just five goals in 44 games played this season. It had been ten games since he had registered a goal heading into the second half of a home-and-home with the San Jose Sharks.
Even now and again, though, Iginla gives us a reminder that he still has some of that juice left that allowed him to be one of the game’s best power forwards. Whether it be a fight against former teammate Cody McLeod or one of his trademark slap shots from the circle, we get a reminder every now and again of the player that Iginla once was.
Against the Sharks, while Colorado was on the power play, Iginla received a beautiful feed from Mikhail Grigorenko, circle to circle, after of which the veteran buried in the back of the net to tie the game at one a piece.
It wasn’t his hardest of shots, he made contact closer to his body than he would probably have liked, but it worked, and the puck made it behind goalie Martin Jones.
The goal itself pulls Iginla within ten goals behind current Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic.