|Recchi's assist on Boychuk's goal was the 1,532nd point of his illustrious career. |
The forward's assist on defenseman Johnny Boychuk
's goal at 14:22 of the second period of the B's 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks was the 1,532nd point of his illustrious career and moved Recchi past former teammate Paul Coffey into sole possession of 12th place on the all-time NHL points list.
Postgame, when asked if the milestones ever get boring, Recchi said, "No, of course not.
"It’s great," explained the future Hockey Hall of Famer. "I mean it comes in another big win for us and makes it that much...sweeter.
"The guys played a good game tonight and we got things going and we want to continue it.
"They’re fun," added Recchi of the accomplishments. "Obviously, right now...these guys probably get more excited than I do.
"But at the end of my career I’ll look back and be proud of what I did and how long I played and hopefully my kids can really enjoy it," he said.
The kids on the B's bench were already enjoying it.
"Oh Bergy was unbelievable," said Recchi, 43, of Patrice Bergeron
"He’s obviously been a big help to me since I’ve been here, he’s kept me young and kept me going.
"He’s an unbelievable centerman for me, he just couldn’t congratulate me enough, he was so excited. He’s a great teammate and a great friend.
"And it’s been fun -- it’s been fun with all these guys -- they’ve made it really enjoyable for me. And hopefully we can continue this thing for a long time," he said.
It's great. I mean it comes in another big win for us and makes it that much...sweeter. - Mark Recchi
Recchi also acknowledged the ovation he received from the 17,565 fans in the sold-out TD Garden when the center ice scoreboard showed the forward and announced his latest accomplishment.
"It’s nice. Obviously, it always makes you feel special," he said. "This is a great sports town and there are a lot of great things that have gone on in this city.
"To be recognized for something for a night is pretty awesome."
"They’re great here," said Recchi of the fans. "They’re wonderful sports people and they do get it.
"Like I said, it’s just nice to be recognized for that. And you know they appreciate it, you know they do.
"Hopefully we can continue this process and really give them something to cheer about at the end of the day," he said.
Recchi, asked if he were glad to have made the decision to return to Boston this season, reflected on the club's success and the momentum the B's have gained going into the playoffs.
"That’s what I came back for," said Recchi. "I know it has been a long time since this team has won a hockey championship.
"I know the direction [B's General Manager] Peter [Chiarelli] wanted to go in and I liked it. I still felt great in the summer time and I felt great after the season and I still felt I had something left in the tank at the end of the season even. So, I knew I could train well enough to get ready for this year, so I was excited to come back and really try and get this thing.
"We still have six games left and this has been a good process, we’ve worked hard to get here and now we have to continue it and still keep this momentum going into the playoffs," he said.
With a Stanley Cup run in mind, Recchi talked about the future.
"I’m hoping we go on a long ride," said the winger, who added, "it just makes it real easy for me to say 'see you later.'
"We win and I say I’m gone. If we win a championship, I’m gone."
And if the B's don't raise The Cup?
"Then we’ll see," he said. "We’ll see if I can recover.
"Obviously, take three weeks, a month, see if my body and my head is ready to get back in the grind physically doing the stuff I need to do to get ready for next year."
However, for now, Recchi is thinking day-to-day.
"Right now, I just keep plugging along here and trying to help this team win. When I’m done I’m sure I’ll sit back and really recognize that it’s been fun," said Recchi. "It’s double-plus what I thought I was going to play. I thought I would be lucky to play ten years and I would have been very fortunate to play ten years.
"Here I am twenty-two years later and I’m still having fun and still enjoying myself."