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Recchi becomes oldest goal-scorer in Final

Saturday, 06.04.2011 / 10:31 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

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Boston's Mark Recchi made history Saturday night by becoming the oldest player in the history of the Stanley Cup Final to score a goal.

Recchi, who turned 43 on Feb. 1, deflected a shot by Zdeno Chara into the net at 11:35 of the second period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. According to hockey-reference.com, before Recchi's goal, the oldest player to score in the Final was Igor Larionov, who had three for Detroit in 2002, helping the Wings beat Carolina in five games.

Recchi's goal was the 59th in Stanley Cup play, the most of any player on either team in the Final.

The oldest player to score a playoff goal was Gordie Howe, who was 51 when he scored the 78th and final playoff goal of his career for Hartford in 1980.

Rank Player Year Age Team Position Games Played Goals Assists Points
1 Gordie Howe* 1980 51 HAR RW 3 1 1 2
2 Chris Chelios 2007 45 DET D 18 1 6 7
3 Mark Recchi* 2011 42 BOS RW 19 2 5 7
4 Tim Horton* 1971 41 NYR D 13 1 4 5
5 Gordie Howe* 1970 41 DET RW 4 2 0 2
6 Igor Larionov* 2002 41 DET C 18 5 6 11
7 Mark Recchi 2010 41 BOS RW 13 6 4 10
8 Gary Roberts 2008 41 PIT LW 11 2 2 4
9 Dave Andreychuk 2004 40 TBL RW 23 1 13 14
10 Rob Blake 2010 40 SJS D 15 1 1 2

* Stanley Cup Final

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