WILMINGTON, Mass. — After he accused the Montreal organization of embellishing forward Max Pacioretty’s injuries, Bruins forward Mark Recchi tried to defuse the situation by saying after Boston’s 7-0 win over the Canadiens that he was taking the heat off captain Zdeno Chara.
While Recchi is a well-respected leader and popular player around the league, many — especially in Quebec — aren’t buying Recchi’s explanation for his controversial comments that came the day before the Bruins and Habs met at TD Garden March 24.
After Chara, Recchi might be Public Enemy No. 2 when the Bruins travel to Montreal for Game 3 and 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Habs. The series starts Thursday in Boston.
Recchi, however, refused to go back to those comments or their effect on him and the two teams while speaking to the media after practice today at Ristuccia Arena.
“I don’t care. I’ve got a job to do. I don’t really care, ” he said. “I said that was the last time I was going to speak about it. That’s the last time. We’ve got a job to do and I’ve got to play hockey. I had five great years there, and that was it.”
Recchi will undoubtedly hear from the crowd up at the Bell Centre, and he might’ve lost a little respect among his peers on other teams. As far as he’s concerned, though, it’s a done story.