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Report: Recchi to join Dallas Stars' front office

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Report: Recchi to join Dallas Stars' front office

Mark Recchi always said he hoped to eventually get a job in an NHL front office once hed settled into retirement, and it appears the former Boston Bruins alternate captain has done just that.
According to a Dallas Morning News report, Recchi has signed on for a position with the Dallas Stars that will be officially announced on Thursday, and will make him a special advisor to Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. The 44-year-old Recchi retired after winning the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins during the 2010-11 season, and spent the better part of the last two seasons spending more time with his family and staying involved with the Kamloops Blazers junior hockey team he co-owns with a number of NHL greats.
Recchi had always indicated over the last few years that coaching pro hockey didnt really interest him, but that building a team was the kind of challenge he wanted to take on.
There was always the hope Recchi would come back to Boston as part of the management team with Cam Neely and Peter Chiarelli, but the future Hall of Famer has close ties to new Dallas Stars owner, and Vancouver native, Tom Gagliardi. Recchi will join Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano (executive advisor and alternate Board of Governor) and former StarsBruins goaltender Marty Turco (analyst on the Stars broadcast team) as new hires within the Dallas organization.
Modano was the Stars No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NHL Draft, when they were still called the Minnesota North Stars, and spent all but one year of his career with the organization. Modano registered 561 goals and 813 assists for a total of 1,374 points over the course of 1,499 regular season games.
Turco was selected by the organization with the No. 124 overall pick in the 1994 NHL Draft and went to have a solid goaltending career with the Stars and Chicago Blackhawks before retiring after playing a handful of games for the Bruins last season.

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Bruins put finishing touches on reeling Canadiens

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Bruins put finishing touches on reeling Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Boston Bruins weren’t about to dance on any Montreal Canadiens’ graves after it was over and done with, but they effectively closed the door on any flickering playoff hopes for the Habs this week. It all ended with Saturday night’s 4-1 win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre that finished off the sweep of all three meetings between the two arch-rivals over an eight day span, and with the reeling Montreal a stunning 13 points out of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

It was a close game nearly all the way through in Montreal until David Pastrnak and Riley Nash scored in the final few minutes of the third period, but the Bruins outscored the Habs by an 11-5 margin while clearly establishing they were the better team in all three contests. It all makes sense given the opposite directions that the two hockey clubs are headed at this point in the season, and because of that the Bruins were playing it pretty cool after burying the Habs.

“It was kind of a crazy week because we were playing them three times, so we obviously wanted to play good hockey,” said Tuukka Rask, who won all three games vs. the Habs while improving his lifetime record vs. the Habs to 10-15-3 in the process. “[We wanted to] get as many points as possible, and won all of those games along with the one on Long Island. So it was a great week for us.”

Certainly it seemed like there was more genuine emotion from the Bruins in Claude Julien’s return to Boston midweek, and perhaps a little more adrenaline in last weekend’s first game at the Bell Centre where rookies like Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy and Danton Heinen were dipping their toes into the storied rivalry for the first time.

But on this Saturday night it was more about a complete dismantling of the Bleu, Blanc and Rouge even as the Bruins initially fell down by a goal after a bad McAvoy turnover. Instead it was Boston’s Perfection Line that went to work with an efficient, dominant performance as David Pastrnak scored the game’s first goal and insurance third goal in the third period. They also accounted for the game-winner when Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak hemmed Montreal’s fourth line in the defensive zone, and Torey Krug eventually stepped up and rifled one short side on Carey Price.

Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak combined for two goals, six assists and a plus-8 in the resounding victory over the Habs, and had a dominant 12 of Boston’s 31 shots on net when the final horn had sounded. They simply overwhelmed Montreal with their depth, the high end quality of their lineup and the fact that Boston was rested while the Habs had to play in Washington DC on Friday night in a three games in four days stretch.

All of that allowed the Bruins to drive the final nail into Montreal’s coffin when the game was over, and it furthermore allowed Boston to keep worrying about the teams they’re trying to catch (ahem . . . Tampa Bay Lightning) rather than Eastern Conference bottom-feeders like the Canadiens.

“We talked about doing the job against them and finding a ways to push teams down while gaining ground on the teams above us,” said Patrice Bergeron. “I thought it was a great effort again. We knew that they would be ready for us, but we also knew that they had played last night. So maybe if we had a good start we could jump on them. I thought we had a good game.”

Clearly there have been ebbs and flows to the Bruins/Habs rivalry over their long history together, and both Boston and Montreal have been in the catbird seat at different times even in the recent editions of their history. But right now Boston is beating the Canadiens badly at their own skill and speed game and dominating thing with pure hockey rather than bullying, and that’s got to sting for a Habs group that simply couldn’t compete with the Bruins in three different chances to do so this week. 

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