Bruins’ Mark Recchi now 12th on NHL scoring list


Boston Bruins’ veteran forward, Mark Recchi, continued his steady climb up the NHL scoring ladder; when on Saturday night he registered his 1,532 career point, on an assist, in the Bruins 3-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. With that point Recchi, who has 576 goals and 956 assists in his career, passed hall of famer, Paul Coffey, and moved into 12th spot on the all-time scoring list. Not surprinsgly, individual accomplishments aren’t his prime objectives at this time. “I’m hoping we get on a long run. I’t’ll be real easy for me,” the 43 year-old said about whether he would retire or not. If we win a championship, I’m gone.” Recchi, who has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers and the Bruins, is within shot of former defenceman, Ray Bourque, who ended his hall of fame career with 1,579 points. “It’s unbelievable if you think about it. It’s big names that he’s passing,” said Bruins’ forward, Patrice Bergeron. “It’s an unbelievable amount of points.” Boston, who will win the North East Division, were paced by defenceman, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk, who in the second period scored less than three minutes apart, to stake the Bruins to a 2-0 lead. In the third, Boston, who have a great shot at winning the Stanley Cup, salted the game away; when Nathan Horton scored the third and final goal of the game. Getting the shutout was veteran, Tim Thomas, who now has 25 in his career and two in his past three games. “I don’t think he’s ever been bad for us this year,” Bruins coach, Claude Julien, said. “He’s been good sometimes … but he’s been great most of the time.” With Thomas playing so well and Recchi on a mission, this Bruins team has as good a chance … as any … to lift the Stanley Cup in triumph this coming June.


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