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Mark Recchi Gets Stanley Cup Tattoo

Count Mark Recchi as the latest athlete to get a post-championship celebratory tattoo. The 43-year-old winger retired after the Bruins won the Cup this season and decided to get his first tattoo. As you can see in the image above, the tattoo commemorates the three championships Recchi won during his 22-year playing career.

In a video posted by our friends at Puck Daddy, Recchi says he has plans for more tattoos. He says he wants to get his children’s initials inked on his body in addition to commemorating the championships he won as a youth player.

For a player as well respected as Recchi, the scary thought is that he now belongs in the same category as Dominique Jones and Sam Shields who also got tattoos to commemorate their championships. See pictures of their tattoos here and here.

Mark Recchi Sticks Finger in Maxim Lapierre’s Mouth to Mock the Mock Bite

If you thought the mock biting between the Bruins and Canucks would come to an end after Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, you were wrong. To retrace the history, in Game 1 of the series, Alex Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period. Burrows was not suspended for Game 2 because the NHL could not conclusively determine Burrows bit Bergeron. He ended up scoring two goals in Game 2 and assisting on the other. Also in Game 2, Maxim Lapierre mocked the bite Bergeron received by sticking his finger in Bergeron’s mouth (watch the video). So what happened in Game 3? Mark Recchi got back at Lapierre by sticking his finger close to his mouth:

Recchi missed a good opportunity in front of the net right before that mock incident, so at least he got something right. And seriously, blood is boiling between these teams, especially after the blindside hit Aaron Rome put on Nathan Horton.

Mark Recchi Agrees Montreal Canadiens Exaggerated Max Pacioretty’s Concussion

It was only three weeks ago that Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara checked Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty into the corner of the glass, fracturing his vertebrae and giving him a concussion (watch the video). The NHL did not suspend Chara for the hit, recognizing it was a legitimate hockey play that did not have malicious intent. That responses did not sit well with Montreal fans who essentially demanded a police investigation into the situation.

As Pacioretty continues to recover, the teams will meet on Thursday night in their rematch and there is little doubt Montreal will be seeking revenge. As if that’s not bad enough to ponder, there’s Mark Recchi’s comments which have added a new wrinkle to the situation.

The Bruins veteran winger joined The Sports Hub in Boston for an interview with a host who was convinced the Canadiens embellished the extent of Pacioretty’s concussion. Recchi completely agreed with that idea, as I learned from Goon’s World. In the interview, Recchi said “[Pacioretty] does obviously have a fractured vertebra, but the concussion is obviously really a non-factor. In maybe a day or two — maybe a day he felt it — but he was fine a couple days later. They were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit. In terms of that side, they’re doing whatever they could to get him suspended.”

Recchi noted how Pacioretty was tweeting from a movie less than a week later and said that was inconsistent behavior for someone who had a severe concussion. He could be right about his comments and it wouldn’t surprise me. The people of Montreal have acted so irrationally throughout this whole affair that would actually fit in with the way they’ve been doing things.