BOSTON — Just when it seemed like the Bruins-Montreal rivalry had shifted from a war of words back to a hockey battle, Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic took to the airwaves Wednesday and accused the Canadiens of embellishing the severity of Max Pacioretty’s injury.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for such statements considering the Canadiens are now at TD Garden for tonight’s game one day after the accusatory comments.
Milan Lucic was one of just three Bruins players made available to the media two hours before game time tonight. He said he’s not worried that he provided the Habs with bulletin-board material that could impact tonight’s game.
“Personally I don’t think it affects us or them at all. I mean, I think the focus before the war of words is to get the win and whatever Mark said, he said,” said Lucic, who along with Recchi made his comments on The Sports Hub. “He’s been on the Montreal side before, and now he’s on the Boston side. … As of right now, we’re just focused on getting a big win here. It’s a big night for us in this last game of the ]season] series.”
There are many that think Recchi, a 42-year-old Bruins alternate captain and winner of two Stanley Cups, was just trying to distract all the attention away from Zdeno Chara and the rest of the Bruins, who might be asked to pay even more of a physical price tonight. Lucic wouldn’t rule that out as Recchi’s strategy.
“A little bit. He’s been in the league for two decades. He’s done more than his fair share of time here,” said Lucic. “And I feel like he has a right to say whatever he’s going to say. And obviously we talked about Zdeno yesterday and how he feels about the situation. And Rex said whatever he felt was right, and our focus is not on anything like that. So we’re just going to go out there and play.”
Recchi was not available to the media. The only other players to speak were Andrew Ference, who claimed he didn’t know what Recchi said, and rookie Tyler Seguin. Head coach Claude Julien refused to comment on any of the rhetoric.