BOSTON — Jarome Iginla scored twice as the Bruins extended their win streak to nine games by beating the Wild 4-1 on Monday. It's the longest streak for Boston since a 10-gamer in November 2011.
The goals were Nos. 24 and 25 for Iginla, 36, who in his first season with Boston didn't score No. 1 until his ninth game and had just five in his first 29.
"We're talking about a veteran here with tremendous leadership qualities," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He's certainly been a great asset to our team."
Boston beat Minnesota at home for the first time after losing the first six games. It is 3-10 overall against the Wild, which began play in 2000-01.
Game highlights: Two goals by David Backes helped the host Blues beat the Jets 3-1 and become the first team to reach 100 points.
Around the league: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang practiced for the first time since suffering a stroke Jan. 28. He no longer takes blood-thinning medication, and he and the team said they are optimistic he will return this season. A timetable has not been determined. … Capitals center Brooks Laich is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after surgery on an adductor, which is part of the groin. He missed most of last season with a similar injury. … Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth will not travel for the upcoming road trip because of a lower-body injury. Backup Michal Neuvirth, who has missed two games with a lower-body injury, will travel. However rookie Nathan Lieuwen likely will start tonight. … Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk sat two days after crashing into the boards and is day to day. … Blues wing T.J. Oshie sat after his wife gave birth to a daughter Monday morning. Teammate and right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 21 goals, is expected to miss six weeks with a hand injury.
First Period—None. Penalties—Meszaros, Bos (tripping), 4:50.
Second Period—1, Boston, Iginla 24 (Bartkowski, Meszaros), 3:52. 2, Boston, Eriksson 8 (Soderberg), 11:55. 3, Minnesota, Pominville 26 (Suter, Granlund), 18:34. Penalties—None.
Third Period—4, Boston, Smith 19 (Bergeron, Chara), 7:50. 5, Boston, Iginla 25 (Chara), 18:55 (en). Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Minnesota 10-8-16—34. Boston 8-11-10—29. Power-play opportunities—Minnesota 0 of 1; Boston 0 of 0. Goalies—Minnesota, Kuemper 12-5-4 (28 shots-25 saves). Boston, Rask 31-14-4 (34-33). A—17,565 (17,565).
First Period—None. Penalties—None.
Second Period—1, St. Louis, Morrow 11 (Roy, Bouwmeester), 1:44. Penalties—Little, Wpg (high-sticking), 2:39.
Third Period—2, Winnipeg, O'Dell 3 (Kane, Bogosian), 1:55. 3, St. Louis, Backes 22 (Cole, Bouwmeester), 13:09 (pp). 4, St. Louis, Backes 23 (Pietrangelo), 18:49 (en). Penalties—Little, Wpg (roughing), 1:10; Backes, StL (roughing), 1:10; Pietrangelo, StL (high-sticking), 3:09; Kane, Wpg (slashing), 11:26; Jokinen, Wpg (roughing), 16:44; Sobotka, StL (charging), 16:44. Shots on Goal—Winnipeg 7-5-5—17. St. Louis 6-12-9—27. Power-play opportunities—Winnipeg 0 of 1; St. Louis 1 of 2. Goalies—Winnipeg, Montoya 11-6-3 (25 shots-23 saves). St. Louis, Miller 22-22-4 (17-16). A—16,665 (19,150).