Recchi/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — You just knew it couldn’t end any other way.

Regardless of the outcome Wednesday, you knew that the 2010-11 Bruins wouldn’t go down before playing a do-or-die Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final.

By setting an NHL record with four goals in a span of 4:14 of the first period, the Bruins staved off elimination by defeating Vancouver, 5-2, in Game 6 of the Final at TD Garden tonight.

Mark Recchi recorded three assists and four different players scored goals for the Bruins.

This amazing run, which has already included two Game 7 victories, and Recchi’s 22-year Hall-of-Fame career just couldn’t close without one more dose of drama. Recchi earlier this season said that if the Bruins won the Cup, he’d call it quits. There’s no telling if he’d come back should the Bruins come up short.

“It crosses my mind, but, you know, I have a job to do out there for the guys and I can’t put those thoughts in my head,” said Recchi about this possibly being his last game. “I’m going to, you know, lay it on the line one more time and see where it takes me after that.

“No matter what, it’s been a great 22 years, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. This has been one of my best ones, regardless of what happens and I’m just still proud to play in the NHL. I love playing hockey and love being in the NHL and I think it’s the greatest sport out there.”

Game 7 is Wednesday night in Vancouver.

Here’s a quick glance at the box score:

•Tim Thomas stopped 36 of 38 shots to earn the victory.

•At the other end, Roberto Luongo didn’t enjoy his return to Boston. With three goals allowed on eight shots before he was pulled, he allowed 15 goals in three games at TD Garden.

•Tomas Kaberle recorded two assists and the goals came from David Krejci, Andrew Ference, Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand.

•Even the power play chipped in with two goals in five opportunities.