Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Game 7 Recchi's swan song?

Categories: Boston Bruins, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks

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Game 7 may be Mark Recchi's last in the NHL. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Game 7 may be Mark Recchi's last in the NHL. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Even if the Boston Bruins lose on Wednesday night, Mark Recchi is expected to retire.

"I had a glass of wine with him yesterday and probably one of the last glasses before the game ever," Shawn Thornton said. "Everyone appreciates Rex and everything he's done for us here.

"I'm a big supporter of his, so hopefully it will be great for him."

If not for Recchi, the Bruins might have been done after six games. In game six, Recchi recorded three assists in the Bruins' 5-2 win at TD Garden.

Wednesday, Recchi will line up in his usual spot alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Recchi will also be on the No. 2 power-play unit.

"I know he's expressed the fact that if we win the Stanley Cup, he's done. Not because I want him to retire, but I'd like to see him win another Stanley Cup," Claude Julien said.

"He's been great for us. We can't say enough. We've talked about him all year. Maybe his speed isn't where it might have been at some point, but his experience has certainly made up for that.

"He's contributed in a lot of different ways and scored some big goals, obviously made some big plays at opportune times. He's a guy that shows up every game no matter what the situation is."

Julien expresses sympathy for Raymond

Mason Raymond might not play until November, according to Vancouver GM Mike Gillis, because of a vertebrae compression fracture he suffered in game six.

The injury took place on the game's first shift when Johnny Boychuk rode him into the wall.

"I'm not worried about Johnny Boychuk," Julien said. "But I do worry about Mason Raymond. We talk about those kinds of injuries. They're unfortunate. They really are.

"Whatever happens, whether it's a concussion or other things, this is a job. When guys are making a living out of this, the last thing you want to see is something that could jeopardize their careers.

"He was in an unfortunate position," Julien said. "I didn't see any extra reason to try and injure him more than he was in a bad position. It was unfortunate. I'm more worried about him and hoping he gets better. Johnny's strong enough.

"When you know, as a player, that you didn't mean to do it, you don't have to worry about the psyche. If it was something done in a cheap manner, then you would. But Johnny certainly didn't intend on hurting him.

"Right now, we feel for Mason Raymond. Honestly. No matter what happens tonight, we hope he gets better quickly."

Horton has symbolic spot in locker room

Nathan Horton traveled to Vancouver yesterday. Horton's stall at Rogers Arena was set up with his gear. Horton ate breakfast with his teammates at their team hotel this morning.

Despite all that, Horton will not play tonight. The Bruins declared his season over after he suffered a severe concussion in Game 3. Although Horton is feeling better, his playing status remains the same: unavailable.

"Absolutely no," Julien said when asked if Horton could play tonight. "It's ridiculous. So let's put an end to that."

Bruins wave off morning skate

The Bruins didn't skate this morning. They practiced yesterday at Rogers Arena after arriving in Vancouver mid-afternoon. The Bruins were hopeful that yesterday's practice would lead to a better beginning tonight.

"We came out really flat," Milan Lucic said of Game 5. "Hopefully getting in a nice 20-minute skate helps us get the plane legs out."

Expected lineup

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Tyler Seguin-Chris Kelly-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask