Recchi: "I feel great'

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi is 43 years old and he’s played a total of 100 games this season, including the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The veteran and future Hall of Famer is an important part for the Bruins, both on and off the ice. After his minutes were limited a bit in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Rich Peverley took a few shifts in his place), Recchi logged his normal minutes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against the Vancouver Canucks.

“I feel great. I feel good,” Recchi said. “I had lots of energy [Game 1] and I expect the same through the whole series.”

His close friend and linemate Patrice Bergeron is not at all worried about Recchi slowing down.

“I think he’s fine,” Bergeron said. “Rex has been around the block more than once. His experience helps everyone on the ice and we’re just happy to have a guy like Rex on our team.”