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Newcomer Recchi leads Bruins back into win column wire reports

BOSTON -- Mark Recchi needed only two games to fit in perfectly with the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins.

Recchi scored two goals in his second game for Boston, and the Bruins snapped a three-game winless streak with a 5-3 victory over Chicago on Saturday,

"They call him the wrecking ball for a reason," Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward said about Recchi, acquired from Tampa Bay on Wednesday. "It takes courage and bravery to do what he does. He gets in the dirty places and plays with grit."

David Krejci, Phil Kessel and P.J. Axelsson also scored to help Boston -- which won for only the fourth time in 13 games -- avoid tying its longest losing streak of the season. After a 3-3 homestand, Boston will visit the New York Rangers on Sunday.

"We played a team that's one of the better ones in the Western Conference," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "This is probably what we needed this kind of challenge."

Jonathan Toews, Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks lost for the fourth time in six games.

Chicago's third-period rally fell short after Versteeg and Kane narrowed Boston's lead to 4-3. Versteeg beat Tim Thomas with a wrist shot at 10:26, and Kane fired a shot through a screen 4:08 later.

"We had a dangerous opponent and we knew after the loss to Phoenix they would be ready for this one," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "We were lucky to get out of the first down only 1-0. We got ourselves back into the game a few times, but we couldn't finish."

Recchi opened the scoring, tipping the puck through goalie Cristobal Huet's pads at 10:19 of the first period.

Toews tied it during a stretch of 11 straight shots by the Blackhawks, notching his 27th of the season with 4:49 remaining in the second. Toews also assisted on Kane's goal and has five goals and two assists in his past four games.

Krejci and Recchi responded for Boston with two shots and two goals in the next 65 seconds. Krejci squeezed a shot inside the left post and Recchi redirected Dennis Wideman's shot for a 3-1 lead with 3:44 left in the second period.

"It meant a lot to get those two goals," Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. "We had been coming back all year, but lately we had gotten away from that."

Wideman and Bergeron added two assists, and Thomas made 32 saves for Boston.

Kessel scored his 27th for Boston for a 4-1 lead. Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell fell down at the blue line and Kessel converted a 3-on-2 with Milan Lucic and Marc Savard 1:35 into the third period.

"It's tough to come back in this league," Campbell said. "Recchi's a good player and has been for a lot of years."

Huet came into the game with a 10-3 record and 1.91 goals-against average in 14 career starts against the Bruins. He finished with 34 saves.

The Bruins swept Chicago after beating the Blackhawks 2-1 in November and have taken at least one point in the last five games against the Blackhawks.

Axelsson added an empty-net goal with 33 seconds to go for the Bruins.


  • Newly acquired Bruins defenseman Steve Montador missed the game because of the flu.
  • Chicago is 7-3-3 against the Eastern Conference.
  • Blake Wheeler was a healthy scratch for the first time this season for the Bruins. He's tied for first in the NHL with a plus-32.
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Boston's Mark Recchi (28) slips the puck past Cristobal Huet for one of his two goals on the afternoon. (AP)
Boston's Mark Recchi (28) slips the puck past Cristobal Huet for one of his two goals on the afternoon. (AP)
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Three Stars
M. Recchi

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
P. Kessel

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
P. Bergeron

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
10:19Mark Recchi (14), Tip-In. Assist: Kobasew, Bergeron
15:11Power Play - Jonathan Toews (27), Snap Shot. Assist: Kane, Barker
15:41David Krejci (21), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ference, Wideman
16:16Mark Recchi (15), Tip-In. Assist: Wideman, Bergeron
01:35Phil Kessel (27), Wrist Shot. Assist: Savard, Lucic
10:26Kris Versteeg (17), Slap Shot. Assist: Walker, Ladd
14:34Power Play - Patrick Kane (21), Slap Shot. Assist: Campbell, Toews
19:27P.J. Axelsson (5), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
07:10Ward, 2 min, Hooking
13:42Ference, 2 min, Holding
18:03Eager, 2 min, Holding
02:30Burish, 2 min, Holding
06:24Bolland, 2 min, Tripping
14:27Ference, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Cristobal Huet59:21344
Tim Thomas60:00323
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 17565
Referees - Paul Devorski, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Andy McElman
Other Games
NJ 3 Final
StL 3 Final
Fla 5
SJ 1 Final
Van 3
Nash 1 Final
Phi 4
Buf 3 Final
Ott 6
Min 3 Final
LA 4
Car 9 Final
TB 3
Colu 8 Final
Det 2
Edm 4 Final
Tor 1