Jarome Iginla hitting his stride with Penguins

Penguins forward Chris Kunitz reacts after a goal by teammate Jarome Iginla (not pictured) against...

Penguins forward Chris Kunitz reacts after a goal by teammate Jarome Iginla (not pictured) against the Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, April 20, 2013. (ALEX TRAUTWIG/Getty Images/AFP)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:12 PM ET

BOSTON - In the absence of stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t missed a beat.

They’ve won 21 of their last 23 games thanks in part to the performance of their trade deadline acquisitions, notably winger Jarome Iginla. He scored his second goal in as many games in the club’s 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins Saturday and now has three goals in nine games to go with four assists since being traded by the Calgary Flames.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Iginla is hitting his stride after making the transition following the deal.

“I don’t know what his age is, but he’s not playing it,” said Bylsma. “Having played against him years ago, I had a certain vision of what he was like as an individual. Him coming to our team, on the ice, has kind of been the same. We bumped heads on the ice and he may have threatened me a little bit on the ice, but he’s been a very unassuming teammate, trying to fit in and add where he can on our team.

“By the third or fourth game he started to really be a factor for our team. He’s started to be aggressive with his shot on our power play. He’s still got that aggressive demeanour to his game and really stepped into our team the last four or five games. Tonight was a perfect example of what he’s brought to our team from the physiciality he played with to the way he was on the power play with his shot and the plays he made in the middle that set up that power play. I thought he’s been better than advertised.”

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