Boston Bruins report card: No. 28 Mark Recchi
by Mark Marino http://www.thehubofhockey.net
Throughout the offseason, TheHubofHockey will be posting daily report cards on each individual of the 2010-11 NHL Stanley Cup Champions, Boston Bruins.
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have future Hall-of-Fame forward, No. 28 Mark Recchi.
Name: Mark Recchi
Position: Right wing
Weight: 195 lbs.
2010-11 NHL Season stats:
Regular season: 81 GP, 14-34–48, plus-13, 35 PIM, 132 SOG
Playoffs: 25 GP, 5-9–14, plus-7, 8 PIM, 40 SOG
Line combinations (dobberhockey.com):
EV: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand 38.53 %; 71.93% in post season
PP: Michael Ryder, David Krejci, Bergeron 14.86%; Rich Peverley, Ryder 18.62%
PK: Bergeron 49.65%
Anthony’s take: After hoisting his third Stanley Cup in his 22-year-career, Mark Recchi has finally called it quits. The future-Hall-of-Famer was huge once again for the Bruins this season. Recchi finished fifth on the team in scoring with 48 points.
After a slow start to the postseason which saw Recchi go pointless in the Eastern Conference Finals, Recchi led all players with seven points in the Stanley Cup Finals, not bad for a 43-year-old. “The Recching Ball” was just as key off-the-ice as he was on, a leader in the locker room like Recchi is something that is very underrated in professional sports.
Recchi found chemistry playing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The line was the Bruins most consistent this season, getting the job done offensively and defensively throughout both the regular and postseason.
Final grade: B+
Tim’s turn: Statistically, there wasn’t too much to write home about Mark Recchi’s 2010-11 campaign; tallying 48 points in 81 games. However, he closed out his historic career with seven points in seven games during the Stanley Cup Finals and retired on top as a winner (no pun intended, Charlie Sheen), especially when some wanted Recchi to have a reduced role during the series.
But more importantly, Rex’s leadership on and off the ice were a key component to the Black and Gold’s Stanley Cup run.
During the course of the season, Recchi spoke highly of the Bruins’ morale in the locker room (who didn’t) but he also stood up for his teammates when it mattered most; as seen with his statement on the Montreal Canadiens during the aftermath of the Zdeno Chara-Max Pacioretty incident. Although Recchi’s comments on the Habs embellishing the extent of Pacrioetty’s injury (in hopes of getting Chara suspended) during an episode of Felger and Mazz on 98.5 The Sports Hub might have been off-base to some, especially in Montreal — thus earning the nickname “Dr. Recchi” — the fact that he stood up for his fellow captain and took some heat off Zee for a day (as he said in his postgame comments) one day before the Bruins embarrassed their rivals.
He could have hung it up after two heartbreaking Game 7 losses in the playoffs against the Hurricanes and Flyers, but Mark Recchi decided to hang around for one more year. And it paid dividends as a result for Recchi and the Boston Bruins.
Final grade: B+
Marino’s grade: Recchi eclipsed the 1,500 point mark for 12th on NHL’s all-time list in a Bruins uniform this season…he also chugged through 81 regular season games to pass Chris Chelios for fourth on the all-time list with 1,652 games played in Boston. That latter record showed in the playoffs as the 43-year-old’s legs were clearly not the same. He often chose not to participate in practices and morning skates in the post season, but at the end of the day, he was an irreplaceable team member.
He struggled to put up the offensive numbers (especially on the power play) like any other player, received criticism for it, then quickly told the press to “kiss” something. It seemed like whenever No. 28 was in the midst of his play being in question, he overcame that adversity and proved his worth every time. The shoo-in first ballot Hall of Famer posted 14 points in the playoffs and moved past Mike Modano for 29th all-time in post season points (147 points in 189 games played)
Final grade: B