Bruins' Recchi an ageless wonder

STEVE MacFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

Mark Recchi, the ageless wonder, is saving a special bottle of aged wine to sip out of his next Stanley Cup.

Who knows when that will be (could be this year after that Game 7 OT win last night), or how long his career will last, but the Boston Bruins winger deserves a toast for his longevity.

The 43-year-old was on waivers four years ago and looked like he was done. Instead, he joined another Bruins star Cam Neely at 36th on the all-time playoff goals list, scoring his 57th Wednesday night.

He also coughed the puck up in the second period and allowed the Habs to tie the game, but expect the lows with the highs.

Recchi revealed to Elliotte Friedman in the pre-game Inside Hockey segment that he's sitting on a special bottle of 1970 Petrus for what he hopes will be a third Stanley Cup title.

It's almost as old as Recchi himself.

Only Recchi and Mike Modano were drafted and began their careers in the 1980s and are still playing.

AROUND THE BOARDS

Nice to see the NHL is still consistently in one area: inconsistency. No call on an obvious boarding that sent the Penguins' Max Talbot into the boards head-first after a hit from the Bolts' Mattias Ohlund in Pittsburgh ... Lightning G Dwayne Roloson entered the night perfect in elimination games with a 5-0 record ... Roloson made a stop on Jordan Staal early in their Game 7 showdown with the Penguins with his mask, prompting TSN's Pierre McGuire to trot out the old, "That's using your head." ... Michael Cammalleri assisted on the Habs first goal, bringing his elimination-game total to 11 points as a member of the Canadiens with seven goals and four assists. He comes to play the big games. He had a goal and three points in his six-game NHL playoff debut with the Flames in 2009 and was let go that summer as a free agent, partially because he wasn't seen as a playoff-type personality ... Some Habs players who aren't fond of rookie Bruin Brad Marchand went out of their way to get a hit on him. "You want to hurt him? Shake Marchand's hand at the end of the series and wish him a good summer," suggested CBC's Glen Healy.

OFF THE GLASS

Dominic Moore had everybody fooled when he dished a beautiful backward pass from behind the net to set up Sean Bergenheim as the Lightning opened the scoring against the Pens in the second period. Bergenheim had a wide open net to shoot at with everyone following Moore around the back of the cage ... Cammalleri was spotted giving an official an earful before the puck dropped for the second period. If it was about a penalty call, was there really a need considering how lame the Bruins powerplay has been? Little more than five minutes later, the Habs scored shorthanded.

THIS N' THAT

Someone is going to get killed on the ice if they don't put more padding on the stanchions and/or teach players not to turn away from hits -- along with more awareness from guys throwing them. Jeff Halpern knew one was coming, and where he is on the ice, but still turned away from Johnny Boychuk and got his head slammed into the turnbuckle ... Still a little bummed we didn't get to see a Game 7 between the Sharks and Kings. People were treated to a great finale between the Canucks and Hawks but every game from California had that feel ... Speaking of the Kings, former Oilers forward Dustin Penner was reportedly carrying as much as 15 extra pounds. The Kings want him to address it this off-season. He's going to have to wear a mask to get served at In-N-Out Burger.

SWEET TWEETS

"Wow Jacques Martin looked almost animated during that timeout." -- Sun's Chris Stevenson on Habs coach after Bruins went up 2-0

"61 year old Mark Recchi old scores. He will be mackin on Betty White later tonight at The Fours #seniorsnipe" -- ESPN's John Buccigross

"That awkward moment when George Parros is drivin you around in a convertible and Miley Cyrus comes on while stuck in traffic." -- Ducks W Bobby Ryan

"Jeez, I thought our PP was really struggling in round 1 at 8 percent. Guess what Bostons is..if you guessed 0 give #yoself a roundofapplause" -- Sharks C Logan Couture

"Any time now I completely expect the Bruins to start borrowing from George the Animal and start eating the turnbuckles." -- TSN's Dan O'Toole after Boychuk hit Halpern into the stanchion in the second period

THE LAST WORD

We all know Sidney Crosby is the game's best player and we all want him to return soon, but it is really necessary to show him in the press box 'coaching' every five minutes during the broadcast? ... Game 7 between the Canucks and Hawks drew 3.82 million viewers -- the second-most in the opening round since 2000, behind the Leafs/Senators in 2004 that drew 3.9-million sets of eyes.


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