Iginla happy in Pittsburgh as Cup pursuit heats up

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jarome Iginla (12) is congratulated by teammates Evgeni Malkin (71) and James Neal after scoring against the Ottawa Senators during second-period NHL hockey playoff game action in Ottawa, Ontario, May 22. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jarome Iginla will get a chance to spend some time in Boston in pursuit of the Stanley Cup after all.

The longtime Calgary Flames star waived his no-trade clause to join the Pittsburgh Penguins in March, choosing the Penguins over the Bruins just before the deadline.

The six-time All-Star says he expected to face Boston at some point in the postseason. Now the Bruins stand in Pittsburgh’s way when the Eastern Conference finals begin on Saturday.

Iginla says his decision to play for the Penguins had nothing to do with not wanting to play for Boston and he doesn’t expect it to be an issue during the best-of-seven series. Iginla has thrived in Pittsburgh and has four goals and eight assists so far in the playoffs.

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