Notes: Recchi grabs share of finals scoring lead

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Notes: Recchi grabs share of finals scoring lead

By Joe Haggerty
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By Danny Picard
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BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Mark Recchi had three assists in Game 6 on Monday night, giving him a share of the career scoring lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Recchi now has 12 points in his last 13 Stanley Cup Finals games, having recorded two goals and four assists in seven games as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes against the Edmonton Oilers in 2006. He has three goals and three assists this year.

Heading into an elimination game in Game 6 on Monday night, it was hard for Recchi not to think about whether or not it would be the last game of his NHL career. But he remained confident and helped the Bruins force Game 7.

The thought that Monday could have been his last game crosses my mind, but, you know, I have a job to do outthere for the guysand I can't put those thoughts in my head, said Recchi after Bostons 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 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 hasbeenoneof 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.

David Krejci scored the Bruins fifth goal of the game, and it came on a 5-on-3 power play. It marked Krejcis 12th goal of the postseason, which is the most goals ever by a Czech player in one playoff year. It broke Jaromir Jagrs previous Czech record of 11 goals in both 1992 and 1996.

With Mondays win, Bruins coach Claude Julien won his 32nd playoff game behind the Boston bench, passing Don Cherry for most career playoff wins by a Bruins coach.The Bruins didnt get much of anything from the trio of Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Michael Ryder during their 1-0 loss in Game 5 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, as the three combined for zero shots on net fand no offensive production in a game that had the players saying things lot not enough desperation and not enough guys going after the game was in the books.
That changed in Monday nights Game 5, with the Bruins scoring a Stanley Cup Finals-record four goals in a span of 4:14 during the first period . . . and Marchand, Lucic and Ryder all got on the scoreboard.

Marchand had a beauty of a wrist shot to the high glove side that Roberto Luongo couldnt handle. Lucic fired off a five-hole wrist shot off a nice drop-back pass from Rich Peverley. And Ryder tipped a shot past Luongo's replacement, Cory Schneider.In all, the three forwards had nine shots on net in addition to the three goals, and all three along with David Krejci and Mark Recchi, who also didnt shine among the top six forwards in Game 5 vowed to be better in Game 7. The Bruins are 8-0 when Marchand scores a goal this postseason, and good things seem to happen when hes scoring and creating disturbances all over the ice for targets like the Sedin twins.We talked about our last game, and how it wasnt good enough, said Lucic. I had zero shots and I think Krejci might have had one shot. As a line we need to create more and we have to want to create more. I think thats big right there.You have to go do it. Its what you need to do. You have to want to do it. When we have that mindset, I think thats when were able to come out and play like we did.Henrik Sedin snapped a five-game scoreless streak with a power-play goal in the third period. It was the first time Sedin had been held scoreless for five straight games since the end of the 2006-07 regular season.Dennis Seidenberg left the bench for several minutes in the third period after Henrik Sedins goal, and it appeared the Bruins defenseman had his knee sliced open by a skate during a collision in the crease area. Seidenberg still finished with the third-most ice time of any Bruins players behind only Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference that both topped 23 minutes of ice time in the game.Boston extended a franchise record with its 24th playoff game of the spring. Vancouver matched its 1994 franchise record in its 24th postseason game.The Bruins will be taking part in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history when they travel to Vancouver for Wednesday nights series finale. The Bruins will also be attempting to become the first NHL team to win three Game 7's in the same single-season playoff run.Mason Raymond suffered a scary injury in the first period during his first shift of the game as he tangled in the corner for a loose puck with Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Raymond was bumped by Boychuk as both players competed for a loose puck, and the Vancouver forward tumbled awkwardly into the boards he had his head and neck tucked down in a precarious position.One of the lasting images from the Stanley Cup Finals will be the third period of Game 6 when Marchand continuously punched Daniel Sedin in the face with gloved jabs, and the Vancouver finesse forward did nothing about while practically begging the refs to call some kind of penalty. No infraction was coming and the message was pretty simple from the game officials: Its time for the Sedin Twins to start fighting some of their own battles if they expect to win a Stanley Cup.Marchand was typically fun after the game when asked why he decided to throw a series of stiff jabs at the face of Sedin: I felt like it.The Bruins outscored the Canucks 17-3 in the three Finals games at TD Garden, continuing a pattern of home-team domination during the series. Both teams are currently 3-0 on their home ice.

It doesn't bode well for the Bruins, since Game 7 is in Vancouver.
Its going both ways, said Tyler Seguin. If we want to win the Cup then were going to have to be the team that steals it. They didnt tonight, but theyre going to get their chance at home. Its going to be a good game.
Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
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Haggerty: From top to bottom, still no urgency from Bruins

Haggerty: From top to bottom, still no urgency from Bruins

BRIGHTON -- The Bruins pulled the worst of their no-shows on Monday afternoon in the 4-0 shutout loss to the Islanders.

It was a lethargic, mediocre start in the first period that devolved into the bottom dropping out on the Black and Gold when they allowed three unanswered goals in the second. Then, to top it all off, they showed zero urgency or push to make a comeback in the final period. 

It was “unacceptable” in the words of the Bruins players from beginning to end with careless, elementary mistakes in the defensive zone and absolutely zero sustained push in the offensive zone despite a deceiving 32 shots on net.

So, where was the urgency for a Bruins team that’s barely ahead of the Maple Leafs and Senators in the Atlantic Division despite having played six more games than each of those two?

Apparently the Bruins were feeling a little cocky after playing a solid five-game stretch where they’d gone 3-1-1 and taken down the Panthers, Blues and Flyers while elevating their level of play. Heart and soul team leader Patrice Bergeron admitted as much on Tuesday morning as the Bruins cancelled practice and turned their attention toward righting the ship Wednesday night in Detroit.

It was frankly a little stunning to hear Bergeron admit that his Bruins team thought they could win just by showing up on Monday afternoon, but that’s exactly what he copped to in something of an apologetic way.

Brad Marchand said Monday postgame that the Bruins “just weren’t ready [to play]” against the Islanders, and it sounded like his linemate agreed with him.

“It’s about realizing that you can’t take teams lightly, or take the foot off the gas pedal for a period, for a game, or whatever. It hurts us every time we do it, so we have to learn and realize that it just cannot happen. Teams are too good and the points are too valuable for us,” said Bergeron. “You never want to do that, but at the same time maybe it was something that happened because it was a terrible start, and to not respond when they scored the goals. Maybe that’s what happened yesterday.

“As much as you don’t want it to happen, maybe we thought it was going to be an easier game than it actually was against them.”

On the one hand, it’s somewhat shocking to hear that admission from a player that’s always played with full work ethic and an effort level that’s never been questioned. But Bergeron was also a minus-3 in the 4-0 loss and was every bit as guilty as everybody else up and down the roster for the team’s most pathetic loss of the season at a time when results are all that matter.

Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising, though, because the lack of urgency on the bench is mirrored by the lack of urgency upstairs in the Bruins management office right now. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney told the Boston Globe last week that he’s considering a move with the head coach along with a number of other things to spark a team treading water, but it doesn’t feel like a major move is on the horizon with this Bruins team.

Trade talks are still in the formative, discussion stages as GMs like Joe Sakic and John Chayka are overvaluing their players looking for a king’s ransom for guys like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata. While Claude Julien should be under the microscope with a team sleepwalking its way through perhaps a third season in a row without the playoffs, it also doesn’t feel like the Bruins are going to pull the trigger on that move until the offseason at the earliest.

This humble hockey writer still insists that this playoff-caliber Bruins team plays at times like a one that needs a swift kick in the backside. Perhaps Julien isn’t up for it after 10 long, successful years of battles with the same core group.   

So, what is there to do then besides make cosmetic moves like shipping underperforming Anton Khudobin down to Providence, or rearrange the deck chairs on a third and fourth line that it’s difficult to tell apart on most days in Boston?

If the Bruins front office wants to truly get to the bottom of their team’s lack of urgency on the ice, perhaps a look in the mirror might be in order. Because that same lack of urgency is playing out with a management group that’s watching their team sink into the Atlantic Division muck right now and seems gun-shy on making a move that could rattle cages.

“Right now where we are in the standings, we’ve got a lot of games to play but we’re still in a playoff spot,” said Julien. “We try and play with the expectations that we have, and that’s to do the best with what we’ve got. We’ve got a lot of new faces and we’re trying to build with what we’ve got here moving forward.”

Certainly nobody is talking about trading away their blue chip prospects like Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy, but there are veteran players on Boston’s current roster that aren’t cut out for battling into the postseason with a young team. It’s plain to see when a middling hockey team can’t find the inspiration to go out and take care of business against a bad Islanders group on a sleepy Monday afternoon just a month after they made the same mistake against the same team on home ice.

The Bruins showed in a five-game stretch leading up to the Islanders debacle that they should be held to a higher standard - that of a team that should qualify for the postseason. But one question arose again and again watching the poorest of poor efforts play out on Monday afternoon: why should the Bruins players show any feet-in-the-fire urgency on the ice when it doesn’t feel like there’s much feet-in-the-fire urgency from upper management to improve the flailing hockey club?

Until that organizational dynamic changes, it’s difficult to see things getting much better, or worse, for a Bruins team that looks destined for the mediocre middle once again this season. 
 

Bruins cancel practice to 'regroup' after bad loss to Islanders

Bruins cancel practice to 'regroup' after bad loss to Islanders

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins were supposed to hit the ice for the eighth day in a row on Tuesday following their empty 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon, but those plans were scrubbed.

The reeling Black and Gold instead cancelled practice, with only Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes and Zane McIntyre taking the ice at Warrior Ice Arena and the rest of the B’s hitting the giant reset button after an embarrassing loss.

“I think it’s one of those [things] where you’ve got to regroup and recharge the batteries, and feel better,” said Patrice Bergeron. “Maybe a little bit of fatigue was part of it [Monday vs. the Isles] and you use a day like today to look forward, look at videos and be better the next day. It happens today and we have another game tomorrow [against Detroit].”

While it is true that the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets have played more games than anybody else in the NHL in this wacky season with a condensed schedule, the B’s leaders weren’t having it as an excuse with both the Maple Leafs and Senators holding an incredible six games in hand on Boston. Blown opportunities against bad opponents are exactly the recipe for missing the playoffs, as they have in each of the past two seasons, and the Bruins are tracking to do that again.

“All of the teams are in the same situation. It’s about managing and finding ways to be at your best every night and in every game. Yes, maybe [the condensed schedule] is part of it, but you can’t just put the blame on that. We’re professionals and we need to show up every game.”

The Bruins didn’t show up against the Islanders on Monday afternoon and basically pulled their second no-show vs. the Isles on home ice this season. There’s no excuse for that given the B’s current situation battling for the postseason. 

Maybe a day off the ice will improve that situation and maybe it’s simply rewarding a team that didn’t earn it on Monday afternoon, but the B’s have to hope it’s much more of the former than the latter.