VANCOUVER – Despite the continued futility of the Bruins’ power play, and his role in its ineffectiveness, forward Mark Recchi wants the team’s coaching staff to stick with the players it rolled out in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday for Game 2 Saturday.
“I think they were fine. I think the groups were good [Wednesday],” said Recchi, who has now gone eight games without a point. “We had a lot of opportunities and I don’t know where you’re going with this right now, but whatever. That’s up to the coaches to decide. I liked the way it worked and we’ll see what happens come Saturday.”
To his credit, Recchi had the best power-play scoring chance when his shot from the bottom of the right circle either hit the post or was stopped by goaltender Roberto Luongo (depending on who you ask).
But the power play still failed on all six of its opportunities Wednesday to run the Bruins’ ugly postseason totals to 5-for-67.
And can you remember the last time you saw the future Hall-of-Famer tip a puck like he’s done so many times over the course of his two-decade-long career?
On a power play that sports several weak links, Recchi ist one of he weakest right now. And he’s not exactly tearing it up 5-on-5 either. Although he was most effective in Game 7 against Tampa Bay while playing a tad more than 12 minutes, Recchi’s minutes surpassed 15 in the Game 1 loss to Vancouver and his effectiveness waned.
“I feel great. I feel good,” said Recchi about how he’s holding up at 43 years old and with 100 games under his belt this season.
“[I] had lots of energy last night and I expect the same throughout the whole series.”
That Recchi’s still winning the mental battle is great. It’s unlikely, however, that he’ll be able to turn that positivity into production without having some responsibilities lifted off his shoulders.
The Bruins would be wise to keep Recchi feeling “great” by preventing exposure. A couple fewer shifts trying to help Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand chase down Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and maybe even a power-play shift on the bench, could go a long way toward making him a helpful player as this series unfolds.