Bruins: Mark Recchi

A tale of two seasons

June, 23, 2011
BOSTON -- What a difference a year can make.

Below there are two videos: The first shows Bruins veteran Mark Recchi after the Game 7 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals:

Now here's Recchi after Game 7 of the Cup-clinching game in Vancouver when he announces his retirement and lauds the play of goaltender Tim Thomas:

Report card: Second line not second rate

June, 23, 2011
(Editor's note: The second in a week-long report card series on the Stanley Cup champion Bruins.)

Recchi talks Cup, retirement and more

June, 23, 2011

Mark Recchi sat down with John Buccigross to talk about a number of topics. Among the highlights:

-- Recchi said he knew right away in training camp that the Bruins could be a Stanley Cup contender

-- Plans with the Cup: Said he plans to bring it back home to Kamloops, British Columbia, but also said he wants to bring it back to Boston for a day, too.

-- His thoughts on the amount of attention the Bruins winning the Cup has generated.

Also, Recchi was on ESPN Boston Radio today. Check out the podcast

Recchi: "I feel great'

June, 3, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi is 43 years old and he’s played a total of 100 games this season, including the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The veteran and future Hall of Famer is an important part for the Bruins, both on and off the ice. After his minutes were limited a bit in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Rich Peverley took a few shifts in his place), Recchi logged his normal minutes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the Vancouver Canucks.

“I feel great. I feel good,” Recchi said. “I had lots of energy [Game 1] and I expect the same through the whole series.”

His close friend and linemate Patrice Bergeron is not at all worried about Recchi slowing down.

“I think he’s fine,” Bergeron said. “Rex has been around the block more than once. His experience helps everyone on the ice and we’re just happy to have a guy like Rex on our team.”

Video: Top images of the year

May, 30, 2011
Get pumped for the Stanley Cup finals with a look back at this season's highlights -- so far. As the Bruins prepare for their first finals since 1990, ESPN Boston looks back at the moments that made their run special.

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Eastern Conference finals shift back to the St. Pete Times Forum for Game 6 Wednesday night with the Boston Bruins holding a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Bruins arrived here Tuesday afternoon and coach Claude Julien thought it best not to practice, but Julien and a handful of players were made available to the media. Bruins veteran Mark Recchi, who has won two Stanley Cups during his career, talked about the importance of getting off to a solid start in Game 6 as well as the continued stellar play of goaltender Tim Thomas and the team’s need to focus on the task at hand:

Video: Recchi on hoisting the Cup

May, 15, 2011

In Part 1 of an exclusive interview with, Mark Recchi talks about the Stanley Cup, his "Hall of Fame" career and his desire to go out on top.

Video: Recchi has faith in the rookie

May, 12, 2011
BOSTON -- Bruins veteran and future Hall of Famer Mark Recchi said he has been impressed with rookie Tyler Seguin since Boston selected him as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Now that Seguin will see his first Stanley Cup playoff action in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Recchi knows, no matter what happens, it will be a learning experience for the 19-year-old.

Laviolette tries to put pressure on B's

May, 3, 2011
BOSTON -- The Bruins returned home to the TD Garden on Tuesday afternoon feeling loose, having just watched Tim Thomas steal game two some 12 hours earlier, with a 52-save performance to lead an overtime win over Philadelphia.

The Flyers, meanwhile, enter the Garden on Wednesday night not with a sense of urgency down two games, but with feeling that the pressure, in the mind of head coach Peter Laviolette, has shifted onto the spoked-B.

“When you lose your first two games in your home building, I would say that there is a real expectation for the Bruins to win the series now,” Laviolette said following Monday night’s game. “So it relieves us of the pressure, I believe, a little bit to just go in and play a game in Boston. And while that relieves us of the pressure, it certainly mounts onto them to be successful now that they have a 2-0 lead.

“I really like our guys. I think that we're going to go into Boston, we're going to play a strong hockey game, we're going to win a game. This team never quits, and like I said, we get to remove some of that pressure right now.”

Veteran Mark Recchi knows that Laviolette is just trying to do everything he can to help his team.

“He’s a very good coach, very intelligent, trying to take the pressure off his hockey club,” Recchi said of Laviolette. “He’s a very good coach, and that’s why he’s won a Cup. He’s good at it, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach.

“He’s going to do whatever he can. But we can’t worry about what he says. We’ve got to worry about what happens in this dressing room. We’ll be ready to play. We believe in each other, we trust each other, and that’s all you can do.”

Power still out
The Bruins still have yet to manage a power-play goal in the playoffs. After going 0-for-21 in the Montreal series, becoming the first NHL team to win a seven-game series without scoring on the man-advantage, they’ve gone 0-for-7 so far against the Flyers.

“I’m getting tired of it actually,” coach Claude Julien said. “I think yesterday we certainly moved the puck a lot better, we spent more time in our own end, and we had some chances, and we didn’t bury them. To me it was, yesterday, although we didn’t score, I thought our power play was better. And if we can keep getting better hopefully we’ll get the results here soon.”

Defensive news
Should defenseman Adam McQuaid (sprained neck, day to day) be unable to go Wednesday night, Shane Hnidy seems to be the most logical replacement in the pairings, considering his right-handed shot. “We’ll see,” Julien said. “We’ve got some options, and those decisions will be made tomorrow.” ... Julien confirmed that Steven Kampfer, who injured his knee last month playing with the Providence Bruins, began skating Tuesday, but added “he’s still going to be a while.” The rookie was expected to add some defensive depth during the playoffs.

Power play still lacks punch

April, 26, 2011
MONTREAL -- The Bruins may have been unhappy with some of the calls that went against them in their 2-1 loss to the Canadiens in Game 6, but they weren’t pinning the blame on the referees for failing to close out the series.

The Bruins are 0-for-19 on the power play in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series and remain one of two teams (along with Pittsburgh) that hasn't lit the lamp on the man advantage. They know their struggles on the power play (0-for-4) were the difference in Game 6 and a major reason they’re not packing their bags for Philadelphia and a rematch with the Flyers.

“It’s a big issue right now and it’s something we've got to bear down on and find a way,” Patrice Bergeron said. “They won the game because of that.”
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Francois Lacasse/NHLI/Getty ImagesDespite opportunities, the Bruins had trouble getting the puck past Habs goaltender Carey Price, who had 31 saves Tuesday night.

“We had opportunities, but it wasn’t good enough on our end,” Mark Recchi said. “Five-on-five we were terrific, but they got a couple of five-on-three goals.

"It’s a big one tomorrow. We’ll go get some rest and we’ll be ready. If we play like that five-on-five and get our power play going, get some opportunities, we've got to be a lot better than that."

"Our power play is struggling. I think we’ve talked about that every day so far," coach Claude Julien said. "They scored two goals five-on-three. Five-on-four they weren’t a threat and neither were we. Five-on-five I thought we were obviously a team that held most of the control of the game and that’s what we have to do.

"We have to stay disciplined, stay away from the penalty box like we talked about at the beginning of the series. But I would have liked to have a five-on-three, maybe our power play would have scored as well. But it wasn’t the case and again, it’s one of those games where we tried, we worked hard, we had our chances and we weren’t able to bury them. But we're certainly not down or disappointed in our game except for the fact those five-on-threes ended up costing us the game."

Bergeron says the power-play units need to get back to basics and start taking more chances.

“It’s about trying to keep things simple and take what they’re giving us,” Bergeron said. “Have some presence in front and take some shots.”

Recchi agreed and pointed out that the Bruins are hardly spending any time in the offensive zone when they’re on the power play.

“We’re not getting any sustained pressure to top it off and our shots are getting blocked half the time,” Recchi said. “We’re not getting pucks on net and it’s a one-and-out kind of thing. You've got to find your way back in.

"We just have to get better. We have to sustain some pressure and do some things. It hasn’t been good in this series and if we get the opportunity tomorrow, we've got to step up.”

Krejci, Julien voice support for Lucic

April, 21, 2011
MONTREAL -- Bruins forward Milan Lucic has struggled as of late, with no goals and no points in the first three games of this Eastern Quarterfinals series with the Canadiens, which Montreal leads 2-1. Counting the regular season, Lucic is going through his longest dry spell of the season after hitting the 30-goal plateau on March 22. The rugged winger has now gone 13 games without lighting the lamp and has seven assists during that span. He is also a minus 2 in the first three playoff games after finishing the season at a plus 28.

Lucic wasn’t available after the Bruins game-day skate Thursday in advance of Game 4 at the Bell Centre, but his linemate David Krejci was, and the Czech center said he sees no reason to worry about Lucic's scoring slump.

“No. It’s not about goals. Yeah he’s a goal scorer and he hasn’t scored in the first three games, so other guys step up like they did last game,” Krejci said of Lucic, who has been a great playoff performer the last two seasons with eight goals and 18 points in 23 playoff games. “But he’s playing well. He’s creating so many chances and he got chances himself too. If one guy isn’t scoring goals, it doesn’t mean he isn’t playing well. He’s doing the big things but he’s not scoring goals, and until then he will get help from his teammates.”

Head coach Claude Julien was happy to hear his players supporting one another and seemed confident that the goals will come for Lucic.

“Players support each other and so do we as coaches, and Luch has been a good player for us all year and he’s going to continue to be a good player for us,” Julien said. “There’s a lot of good things he’s doing. Is there a possibility for him to do a little bit more? I think he scored 30 goals this year and you hope that at some point in this series he scores more. But even if he doesn’t, if he’s playing hard and he’s playing his game, you can’t criticize him for that. I think from what I saw last game, he was a better player than in the first two so it kind of coincides with what I talked about with our team. We’ve gotten a little better here as the games move on but we still want to get a little bit better.”

Power play a work in progress

April, 20, 2011
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The Boston Bruins held an hour-long practice this morning in preparation for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at Bell Centre.

Prior to the full practice, coach Claude Julien decided it would be best to work on the power play, so both units were on the ice early.

The Bruins are 0-for-12 in that category this series.

“We haven’t scored, but we need to get this thing going and hopefully better,” Julien said. “We also understand that in the playoffs the PKs have been trumping the power plays. We’ve done a pretty good job against Montreal’s [power play].”

Julien explained a team can learn its opposition’s tendencies during a playoff series.

“They take away that one-time shot for the most part,” explained Bruins forward Mark Recchi. “You’ve got to be able to make movements. You’ve got to have 2-on-1 people all over the ice and you’ve got to go at people and create 2 on 1s. If you do that, you’re going to be better off and eventually things open up for [Chara’s] shot. But you’ve got to show them you can do other things before they’ll start respecting other areas.”

Recchi staying positive despite deficit

April, 17, 2011
BOSTON -- Bruins veteran Mark Recchi sat at his locker stall following the team’s 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Saturday night at TD Garden and said he believes Boston can mount a comeback despite a 2-0 deficit.

“I believe in this team,” he said. “We’ve made it hard on ourselves, but give Montreal some credit. We’ll go in their building and try to do what they did here.”

The Bruins will not practice on Sunday before heading to Montreal for Games 3 and 4.

Recchi: Seguin will be ready to play

April, 15, 2011
Bruins forward Mark Recchi wasn't available after practice Friday but said in an interview later on Boston sports radio station WEEI that he thinks rookie forward Tyler Seguin will see action in the team's Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with the Canadiens.

"It all depends. Obviously, that's a coach's decision," Recchi said. "Right now, he's not playing, but I'm sure if he gets that opportunity, he'll be ready. Obviously, getting the first taste of it in a place like Montreal would be tough. At the same time, he's a good young kid and he gets it. He's a good hockey player."

Recchi said that Seguin's inexperience and age (he's 19) shouldn't matter and pointed to Carolina goalie Cam Ward's Conn Smythe performance in the Hurricanes Stanley Cup run in 2006. Ward was a rookie at the time but played like a seasoned veteran.

"I played in Carolina when Cam Ward was a rookie there," Recchi said. "He came in and Game 3 was his first [start]. In the Carolina series, when we beat Montreal and went on to win the Stanley Cup, [Ward] embraced it, grabbed it and went for a run. You never know with situations like that in the playoffs. Right now, we have a good lineup. I'm sure at some point, [Seguin] will get a shot in there, and he'll be ready."

Seguin had 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 games in his first NHL season.

Teammates want to win one for Recchi

April, 12, 2011
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- When Bruins veteran forward Mark Recchi earned his 1,532nd career point with an assist in the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 29, passing Paul Coffey for 12th place on the NHL's all-time list, he told the media after the game that he would retire if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup this spring.

"If we win a championship, I'm gone," the 43-year-old wonder said that night.

"I hope so, that's what I came back for," Recchi said when asked if he thought the Bruins could achieve that goal. "I know it's been a long time since this team has seen a hockey championship, and I know the direction Peter [Chiarelli] wanted to go in, and I liked it."

Recchi's younger teammates have taken that belief in them as motivation to give Recchi his third ring and the city of Boston its first Stanley Cup championship since 1972.

“It definitely gives us confidence in the team,” Lucic said of Recchi’s reasoning for coming back. “He’s been around a lot and this is the 22nd group that he’s been a part of. Him saying that he believes in us, it gives us and myself a lot of confidence. It gives you that extra little bit of motivation to win it for a guy like him and make sure he goes off on a good note.”

Rookie Brad Marchand would like nothing better than to reward Recchi’s confidence.

“It’s a special thing,” Marchand said of Recchi’s comments. “He’s one of the best to ever play the game and to know that he sees that we have a team that could possibly have an opportunity to win if everything goes right, we want to make sure we back that up."

On Tuesday, two days before what could very well be his swan song in the playoffs, Recchi was standing by that statement and explained further his decision to come back for a crack at another Stanley Cup.

“Obviously I believed in management and what they were going to try to do,” Recchi said after practice. “They saw some areas where we needed to improve and they went and did it.

"Then it’s just the guys. The guys in here, I saw how disappointed they were last year and how much it hurt them. If it doesn’t hurt you, then you’re not learning from it. I saw the hurt and I think guys learned from it. You just don’t want to feel that way again. It’s not a good feeling and I think guys have shown that over the course of the season. We were more consistent as it went on and we learned to be a better team every night.

"Peter had an identity he wanted the team to form and have, and I think he, and then the team, did it and found it. Now we've got to take it into the playoffs.”