Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) and Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) congratulate Bruins goalie Chad Johnson (30) following a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington on Saturday. (Chuck Myers/MCT)
Iginla, Bruins whip Washington, clinch Atlantic Division title
Life is good for the right winger and the Boston Bruins these days.
Iginla is tied for 24th on the NHL's all-time goals list with 560, one behind former Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano.
The Capitals began the day in a tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs with 80 points each.
Iginla got it started when he scored on a mini-breakaway 2:48 into the second, snapping a pass from center Carl Soderberg past Braden Holtby for his 29th goal of the season.
Soderberg gained position in the crease and defected Patrice Bergeron's shot between Holtby's pads.
The Capitals closed to within 3-1 with 10 seconds remaining in the second period on Jason Chimera's 14th goal of the season, but after killing of a furious attack by the Caps on a third-period power play, the Bruins sealed it on Bergeron's 26th goal of the season with 6:43 left in the game.
NOTES: Boston backup G Chad Johnson made his first career start against the Capitals, while Washington backup G Braden Holtby was making his sixth career start against the Bruins. With both teams playing again on Sunday, look for Bruins G Tuukka Rask to return against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Sunday and Capitals G Jaroslav Halak to get the call in Nashville on Sunday against the Predators. ... Rask's next win will be his 100th in the NHL. ... Before the game, Capitals coach Adam Oates said the Bruins are a team he would like model his team after. "They're going on all cylinders," Oates said. "We respect them. We know they're a good hockey team and if you're not ready to play them they can embarrass you." ... Capitals rookie RW Tom Wilson celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday. He played a career-high 12:47 and registered a career-high nine hits in Tuesday night's shootout loss to the Kings. ... Saturday's game featured the NHL's top plus-minus player (Boston C Patrice Bergeron, plus-28) against its second-worst (Capitals RW Alex Ovechkin, minus-31). ... Capitals D Jack Hillen sat out Saturday's game because of an upper body injury sustained when he collided with Ovechkin on Tuesday night. D John Erskine took Hillen's spot in the lineup. C Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) also sat out Saturday's game but could return to the lineup Sunday in Nashville. ... The Bruins continue their four-game trip with games in Philadelphia on Sunday and Toronto on Tuesday. After visiting Nashville on Sunday, the Capitals face the Dallas Stars at home on Tuesday.