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Bruins' Recchi battles Flyers' Pronger

BOSTON –- Almost lost in all the excitement of Boston’s 5-4 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers was the fact that Bruins veteran Mark Recchi continues to be a force.

On the scoresheet he registered only one assist, but he was all over the ice and involved in everything. He really did a good job getting under the skin of Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger. The two tussled all game and received matching penalties for roughing in the third period.

“It’s playoff hockey,” said Pronger. “You are going to have battles in the trenches and in front of the net. He is a guy who competes hard. I am sure there will be more.”

Recchi concurs.

“He just happened to be there. I played against him for most of the night," Recchi said. "You’ve got to play hard, that’s what playoffs are about. It doesn’t matter who it is. He’s an important part of that team and he plays a lot of minutes and of course you have to play physical on him. They play four [defensemen] for the most part and you have to make sure when you have opportunities to be in their face and physical. You have to do it.”