BOSTON — The Bruins couldn’t do much of anything related to hockey Saturday night against Ottawa, but at least two of their veteran leaders put their fists to good use.
Both Zdeno Chara and Mark Recchi, Boston’s captain and alternate captain, respectively, let their mitts do the talking tonight during the club’s dreadful 2-0 loss to the Senators at TD Garden.
Chara exacted a small measure of revenge against Chris Neil for the Ottawa forward’s actions in the closing seconds of Boston’s victory at Ottawa last month. Neil started a fight with non-brawler Dennis Seidenberg, which ended with the Bruins defenseman a bit bloodied. Chara challenged Neil early, landed one punch and then lost his footing.
“Well, what’s the point of thinking that I’m more important than somebody else?” said Chara after the game. “We are all on the same page. We are all equal players. I don’t feel that just because I’m the captain, I shouldn’t be fighting or doing jobs that maybe are designated for some other guys. But it’s part of the game.”
Recchi’s blood boiled over with the Bruins down two and less than eight minutes to go in regulation. After exchanging cross checks in front of the Ottawa net with Sens defenseman Chris Campoli, Recchi challenged the Sens skater and finished a brief bout by pulling Campoli’s sweater over his head and taking him down.
“It was the heat of the battle and I was just tying to get some emotion,” said Recchi. “It’s just one of those things where emotion gets the best of you on the ice.”
It was the first fighting major of the season for both players. Recchi hasn’t had a fight since March 2004, while Chara had just one fight last season.
While Chara and Recchi provided some excitement, there’s no word on whether the other 16 skaters even had a pulse during the loss.