Habs fire back at Recchi

Canadiens defenceman Paul Mara runs into Bruins forward Mark Recchi at the Bell Centre in Montreal...

Canadiens defenceman Paul Mara runs into Bruins forward Mark Recchi at the Bell Centre in Montreal on March 8, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

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The Montreal Canadiens fired back at Mark Recchi Thursday, a day after the Boston Bruins forward questioned the severity of Max Pacioretty’s injuries.

Recchi told Boston radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub on Wednesday that he thought the Habs organization exaggerated reports of Pacioretty’s injuries. The Montreal winger was driven into a turnbuckle by Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara during a game at the Bell Centre on March 8.

"A player with a broken vertebra and has been knocked out on the ice for three or four minutes, how do you question the integrity of a hockey team and that we're embellishing it?” Canadiens defenceman Paul Mara said. “(It) is really questionable coming from a guy who's 42 years old and has been around the league for so long. He's entitled to his opinion and we're entitled to ours, but in Montreal we really know the truth."

In addition to breaking a vertebra, the Canadiens said Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion.

Recchi was skeptical of the diagnosis after Pacioretty wrote on his Twitter page that he had gone to see a movie days after the hit.

“Obviously if you have a bad concussion you’re not going to be at a movie,” Recchi said Wednesday. “They were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit.”

"(I’m) surprised, to be honest with you,” Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri said of Recchi’s comments. “Mark's a guy who's been around a long time. I'm not sure he has a medical degree yet. I think it is what it is when it comes to the brain. These are very unclear injuries and very serious ones. I think it's a little bit disrespectful with those comments, that's for sure. A little bit surprised coming from a guy with the reputation that he has."

Asked about Recchi’s comments, Habs defenceman and former Bruin Hal Gill said, "We had a player that was pretty seriously injured. If you're saying anything other than, 'I hope he's well and I hope he's getting better' then I don't have any time for it."

The two teams face off Thursday night for the first time since Chara’s hit on Pacioretty

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin offered no commentary on Recchi’s remarks.

"I haven't read the comments and I'm not going to start making comments on what other people say,” he said.


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