Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Facebook of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Twitter of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Instagram of the Philadelphia Flyers Official LinkedIn of the Philadelphia Flyers
 

Grueling OT Win Satisfying for Richards, Flyers

Monday, 04.19.2010 / 9:03 AM / News
By Mike G. Morreale  - NHL.com
X
Share with your Friends


Grueling OT Win Satisfying for Richards, Flyers
Mike Richards was physically and emotionally spent following Game 3, the result of willing the Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Devils with his goal-scoring and overall play on the ice.
(Philadelphia, PA) - Philadelphia Flyers center Mike Richards was emotionally and visibly spent as he stood at his locker and answered questions from reporters following his team's dramatic overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Sunday.

And really, who could blame him?
Mike Richards battles New Jersey's Mike Mottau during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 18, 2010 at the Wachovia Center. The Flyers won in overtime, 3-2. (Getty Images)

The Flyers captain topped all forwards on his team in ice time (21:49) and notched a goal and an assist with a plus-2 rating in his biggest game to date -- a 3-2 triumph that gave the underdog and seventh-seeded Flyers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the second-seeded and Atlantic Division champion Devils.

"I'm pretty exhausted right now," Richards said. "I think emotionally, it's draining, but it's nice to get the win. We would have been that much more tired if we got the loss, so you try to leave it all out there every night. You don't want to save anything for the next day, so you try your best on game day."

Richards did that and his teammates just followed along.

"He's our leader," Flyers forward Ian Laperriere said. "We're going to go as far as Richie is going to take us. It doesn't matter if it's a goal, an assist or a big hit. It's great to be on the same team as a player like that -- it's contagious. To see your young captain do stuff like that brings you a reality check that you should do the same if your captain, who's an All-Star, is doing it."

Richards gave the Flyers their first lead of the game at 1:15 of the second when he took a feed from Daniel Carcillo and fought off a check in the slot before roofing his second goal of the series over the blocker of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

He'd play a big role on the game-winning goal 3:35 into overtime, too, when he somehow controlled a feed from Simon Gagne at the right post and took a jab at the puck before sending a perfect feed to Carcillo in the left circle for the clincher.

"I thought everyone played hard," Richards said. "If you go in the change room, you'll probably see a dozen guys sitting on the couch sprawled out, so it's nice to see how hard everybody is working and finishing hits. I'm sure people have ice bags. This is the best time of the year to play hockey."

Richards felt his team played well enough to win, outshooting (34-19) and outhitting (40-36) New Jersey and generating more turnovers (11-8) over the course of the 63-minute, 35-second contest.

"We played well in the third period, stayed out of the box and played extremely well 5-on-5; we just wanted to get pucks to the net," Richards said. "There wasn't a whole lot of that needed to be said (during the third intermission)."

So would it have been a disappointment if they didn't come out on top?

"Yeah," he said. "We played well and executed our game plan, with the exception of taking penalties at bad times. We played with energy and emotion and fed off the energy provided by the crowd."

Despite the great team effort and win, Richards knows the Flyers can ill afford to continue to give the Devils opportunities on the power play. New Jersey finished 2-for-8 with the man advantage and is now 3-for-16 for the series.
"It's nice to see how hard everybody is working and finishing hits. I'm sure people have ice bags. This is the best time of the year to play hockey." - Mike Richards

The reason is elementary: More time in the box translates into many more tired bodies on the bench.

"Lappy (Laperriere) and (Blair) Betts get hit with a lot more pucks so they're probably feeling it even more, but it is draining throughout the game when you're on the penalty-kill," Richards said. "It's a lot easier and a lot more fun to play offense than it is defending, so it's something we have to address and something we have to be aware of. But I did like our enthusiasm and energy. But there's a line we have to draw."

Richards, who also chipped in with three hits and won 53 percent of his faceoffs, leads the Flyers with 6 points in three playoff games against the Devils. His career best in the postseason was in 2008, when he had 7 goals and 14 points in 17 games.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2014 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.