"It took forever to get it," Recchi joked after the Bruins' 3-0 win on Tuesday night over the Penguins. "I set all of these personal things at the end of my career will kind of be, it will be real cool. My kids, they already text me and they’re probably more happy for me than anything … and my dad and my parents, so it’s kind of neat. I think it’s a lot of assists so it’s [come from] playing with a lot of great players and being in great situations, and I’ve been very fortunate for 21 years and fortunately getting to play with this team here."
The goal scored on Recchi's assist turned out to be a game-changer. The Bruins held a 1-0 lead early in the third period when defenseman Derek Morris blocked a shot. Patrice Bergeron then found Recchi at center ice, and the veteran weaved a perfect pass to Daniel Paille, who scored on the breakaway.
After the game, head coach Claude Julien spoke to Recchi's importance on the team.
"He has been one of those guys that we brought in because we felt … his experience and his approach to the game and to the team was really good for our young hockey club, and our young players," Julien said. "You have to have the right mix of veterans and he’s a guy that I think is at a stage in his career where winning and going for a Stanley Cup is more important than anything else."