BOSTON - Hey, around the NHL trade deadline, everybody thought Jarome Iginla could be the player to help the Boston Bruins get to the Stanley Cup final.
Turns out they were kind of right.
Iginla, the veteran searching for his first Stanley Cup, turned down a chance to join the Bruins at the deadline, choosing instead to go to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Friday night, a shot by Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid looked like it went off the outstretched stick of Iginla and beat Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun early in the third period for the game-winning goal in a 1-0 Bruins win and a sweep of the Eastern Conference final.
The goal came at the end of a sloppy line change by the Penguins and capped a miserable series for a team picked by many to be the Eastís representive in the final but scored only two goals in 275 minutes of hockey.
Now the Bruins are on their way to their second Stanley Cup final in three years.