As if Thursday’s heavily anticipated meeting between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens needed any more fuel added to its fire, Mark Recchi doused it gasoline with his comments about the March 8 incident between Zdeno Chara and Max Pacioretty.
In an appearance on WBZ Boston’s Felger & Massarotti show, Recchi played outlaw and didn’t mince words when Felger suggested that the Canadiens were playing up Pacioretty’s injuries:
Transcription via Day of Y’Orr:
“Well obviously, yea. I mean when there’s an injury that — he obviously has a fractured vertebrae but the concussion was obviously really a non-factor, maybe a day or two. Maybe a day or two he felt it and then he was fine a couple of days later. I believe, yea, [Montreal] was trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit and you know they’re trying to do what they could to get him suspended and I think the league sent a message that it was a hockey play and that’s the important thing.”
Strong words from the 22-year NHL veteran, but nothing that wasn’t on the minds of many Bruins fans in the drama filled days following the play in question. Pacioretty certainly didn’t look like he was in very good shape following the collision with the stanchion in Montreal, but has reportedly been recovering well and is hopeful that he can return to action in the playoffs. Still, Recchi’s comments aren’t exactly the kind of thing that the Canadiens or their fans would like to hear the day before these two rivals square off again.
File this rivalry under ‘gets better with age’, but let’s hope that cooler heads prevail when they hit the ice Thursday night.