Jarome Iginla happy to be back in playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jarome Iginla skates before the start of the Penguins' game against the New...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jarome Iginla skates before the start of the Penguins' game against the New York Islanders March 30, 2013. (REUTERS file photo)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:15 PM ET

Jarome Iginla was anticipating a long night Tuesday.

"It won't be as easy to get to sleep, like a little kid," said the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins winger, who is making his return to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in four years. "In the NHL, it's always fun to play every game, but the playoffs are that much more ... the energy, the intensity, the physical side, all that stuff, everything is just that much bigger. It's more fun to play in the games. There's more on the line. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

Iginla chose to waive his no-trade clause to join the Penguins from the Calgary Flames just before the trade deadline and was relishing the anticipation around the dressing room and enjoying being back in the fray. Standing in the middle of the Penguins' room Tuesday, he was asked if he realized how much he missed the playoff atmosphere.


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