Recchi/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — As has been his choice more often then not during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, Bruins forward Mark Recchi did not take the morning skate with his teammates tonight in preparation for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay.

With zero points and a minus-5 rating through the first six games of the series, some would say Recchi has taken most of the Bruins’ games off as well. He explained his situation this morning after the skate.

“I think the first game I wasn’t good. I think after that I’ve been OK,” said the future Hall-of-Fame forward. “I haven’t been good, I haven’t been bad. You know what? That’s all washed away in one game now tonight. You lay it out on the line and go out and have fun with this and get back to the Stanley Cup Final. We’ve been together all year. And obviously you like to have an impact. But at the same time, teammates, that’s why we’re here for each other.

“I think earlier in the playoffs our line was terrific and carried a lot of the burden of the team. Other guys have stepped up and been terrific now. Now it’s one game and let’s all do it together. That’s the important thing is we all have one opportunity to get to the Stanley Cup Final and we’ll do it together.”

For the 17 playoff games this season, Recchi has put up 2-5-7 totals and a plus-4 rating.

Should the Bruins lose, this could be Recchi’s last game in the NHL. So you better believe that even if he’s been non-existent through the first six games, Recchi will make his presence felt in the grand finale.