Recchi/By S. Bradley

VANCOUVER — Mark Recchi scored his first goal since Game 1 of the second-round series with Philadelphia tonight at the Rogers Arena.

After the Bruins lost to the Canucks, 3-2, in overtime in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, he decided that the goal combined with his five hits and two total shots on goal were enough reason to give his critics a tongue-lashing.

“I’m not worried about my critics, I worry about my teammates,” said the future Hall-of-Famer. “Critics, they’re not in the dressing room every day. They don’t know what I bring to the table every day. Really, they can kiss my ass, really.

“So I’m not too worried about it. My teammates are all I care about, and my coaching staff. So I’ve got a job to do and that’s focus on making sure I’m helping in the dressing room, helping in other areas and playing physical, skating, trying to create things.”

Recchi’s inability to register a point in the previous eight games — including missing an open net in Game 1 — and his overall lackluster play at even strength and on the power play had many, including this blog, asking for his role in the Bruins’ scheme to be reduced.

Of course, Recchi was on the ice for the game-losing goal against tonight. If he had any speed left in his legs, maybe he catches up to the Andrew Ference pass or is able break up the Canucks’ play. And with the amount of power-play minutes he logs, he probably shouldn’t go so long between goals and points. But, heck, he finally scored a goal so all the criticism is somehow unfair.

The celebrating of Recchi’s abilities in Boston have far overshadowed any criticisms. If a guy’s not producing he has to understand there’s going to be some backlash. I always thought Recchi was one of those guys that had a grasp of the whole dynamic.

Regardless, Recchi’s goal and the Bruins’ ability to finally break through on the power play were certainly rare positives in an otherwise ugly night. Whether they were worthy of placing ones lips in an unclean place, I’m not sure.