He had come to the Boston Bruins almost exactly 21 months prior with four sudden-death strikes at that point in his nearly two-decade-long NHL odyssey. He would swell that total by 50 percent during his dogged finale in New England, complete with 56 goals and 81 assists in 239 regular season and playoff games.
Recchi’s stint was an integral part of the Bruins’ reboot in recent years under head coach Claude Julien, who has overseen 22 overtime wins (13 regular season, nine playoff games) through his first five seasons behind the Boston bench.
Other players who have come in and out, come in and stayed or who were here during the more futile seasons preceding Julien’s arrival have likewise figured in multiple landmark overtime victories.
Whether they are a where-were-you moment or were buried in the back pages, like Recchi’s instant clincher was by the time the subsequent playoffs were finished, the top 15 are worth a revisit.
Especially now that hockey fans could surely use a diversion from the unsavory league-wide news of the present, here is a glance back at what Bruins buffs were talking about at this time two years ago and at other key moments of the recent era.