LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- When the Boston Bruins lost the first two games of the playoffs at home, a more superstitious Mark Recchi might have said he liked their chances of claiming the Stanley Cup more than ever.
But it's a cautiously optimistic Recchi that's taking a wait-and-see approach before comparing his B's to, oh, say, his 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes.
"If we win (Thursday), we'll maybe see some similarities," Recchi cracked at the Lake Placid Olympic Center Wednesday, shortly before he and his teammates made their way back to Montreal for† Game 4 of a series they trail 2-1. "It's still a long road ahead but obviously, me being through something like that, you can talk to the guys about it.
"It's been done, it can be done, but there's a lot of work."
Recchi was acquired by those Comeback 'Canes with 20 games left in the '05-06 season. But despite the strong trade-deadline additions of him and Doug Weight, Carolina dropped the first two games of its opening-round series with (you guessed it) the Canadiens.†
As the series shifted to Bell Centre, Cam Ward replaced Martin Gerber in goal and the Canes went on a roll that ended with their first and only Stanley Cup championship.
"When I joined the team I saw how much the guys believed in what they were doing," said Recchi. "And they stayed with it.†
"There was some differences (between those Canes and these B's) but at the same time, you see a lot of the same things. We believe in what we did all year. There's a reason why we were successful. If you get away from it, you're not going to have any success. We got away from it, but we got back to it for the most part the other night. We're going to even have to be better Thursday."
At 43 years old, Recchi continues to sneer in the face of Father Time. In his 22nd NHL season, he missed just one game and wound up with 14 goals and 48 points. Through three playoff outings, he has three points, tying him with Patrice Bergeron for the Bruins scoring lead.
It was Recchi who positioned himself in the way of a Carey Price clearing attempt Monday, getting just enough of the puck to direct it to Rich Peverley. With the surprising gift on his stick, Peverley scored what would turn out to be the game winning -- and perhaps season saving -- goal for the Bruins.
What would Recchi tell his teammates about his experiences?
"It's all about believing -- believing in what we've done all year, and believing in each other," said Recchi. "Trusting what we've done all year and trusting each other. That's what it comes down to. If we don't trust each other, we wouldn't have won Game 3. Now we have to believe in each other more than ever."
Bergeron is a believer. In the Bruins. In Recchi.†
Declared Boston's best forward thus far by coach Claude Julien, the 25-year-old Bergeron has turned into an important player for Boston.†
"He's becoming a great leader, on and off the ice," said captain Zdeno Chara. "He's been such a great help. Obviously him and Recs, both of them are a tremendous help. It's a good mixture."
Bergeron often looks to his right winger for guidance, particularly in the leadership role.
"I've learned a lot from Recs," he said. "The last couple of years, he's kind of helped me with when to speak, when to step up, and now I feel I'm doing that on my own.
"He's been around so long. He's been there. It's just the experience he brings. He's so well respected in the room, and also around the league. For us, to have him on our side and a chance to learn from him, it's something special."
It would also be something pretty special if history repeated itself for Recchi and he wound up winning another Cup after falling behind 0-2 to the Canadiens on home ice in the first series of the playoffs.