Iginla named NHL's first star for March

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins forward Jarome Iginla has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March.

The top-line winger recorded 13 goals and four assists for 17 points in 17 games last month. He also had four two-goal games and five game-winning goals during that stretch. Iginla posted a plus-12 rating, too.

Iginla’s accolade comes a day after teammate Patrice Bergeron was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week. Bergeron is in the midst of a career-best seven-game goal streak and posted five goals last week.

After the Bruins held an optional practice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for a two-game road trip to Detroit and Toronto, Iginla credited his teammates for his success.

“It’s an honor,” Iginla said. “It’s been an enjoyable month. For our whole team, we’ve had a great month. There have been a lot of guys who had great months, great streaks. You look at Bergy -- his has been as hot as I’ve seen. So, it’s been good. It’s been fun but it’s one of those things to don’t really expect. I’ve gotten some good bounces, some great passes from my linemates and as a line we’ve had some fun. But bigger than that it’s been a great month for our team and we’ve all benefitted from that.”

Iginla also reached a pair of milestones in March, playing in his 1,300th NHL game and reaching 24th on the NHL’s all-time goal scoring list with 560 goals. Overall, the future Hall of Famer has 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points in 75 games for the Bruins this season.