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Richards Fired Up After Loss

Flyers captain voices his displeasure with 5-1 defeat in Montreal

Thursday, 05.20.2010 / 11:12 PM / News
By Kevin Kurz  - philadelphiaflyers.com
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Richards Fired Up After Loss
(Montreal, Quebec) – In one of his more eye-opening (or ear-opening?) moments as the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, Mike Richards didn’t mince his words when he addressed the media at the Bell Centre following Thursday night’s 5-1 loss to Montreal in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Richards was quickly out of the locker room and the first player to speak with reporters.

“That was an old fashioned ass-kicking. They handed it to us right from the get-go,” he said. “I don’t know if we thought we just had to throw our sticks on the ice and it was going to be easy, but give them credit. They played hard. They were all over the ice, they won every puck battle, and obviously it shows with the score.”
Mike Richards (seated) gets into a scrap late in Game 3 at the Bell Centre on Thursday night. (Getty Images)

Philadelphia entered the game on the momentum of a six-game playoff winning streak, including back-to-back shutouts in Games 1 and 2 of its series with Montreal. Any thoughts of a series sweep against the Canadiens dissipated with every passing moment of Game 3, as Montreal controlled play for essentially the duration of the game.

Richards thinks his club may have been a little over-confident. In fact, the captain was not all that impressed with the first two games of the series, either, despite the 9-0 combined score.

“Maybe we got a little cocky or a little full of ourselves just thinking we could go out there and play,” he said. “This was a long way coming. We didn’t play all that well the first couple of games and relied heavily on our power play, and our five-on-five play wasn’t the greatest, either. Like I said, that was just a beat-down.”

Was this game a wake-up call for the club?

“It better be. I’m not calling anyone out except myself leading. It’s going out on the ice and playing for it instead of just going out there and hoping.

“You always say you want to move on after a game and forget about it, but hopefully we can take this bitter taste in our mouths and bring it the next game.”

The Flyers will still have a chance to get a split in Montreal on Saturday when the teams meet for Game 4 (3:00 p.m., NBC). The series shifts back to Philadelphia on Monday, and the team would like nothing better than an opportunity to win the Eastern Conference title on its home ice.

Richards seems ready to do everything in his power to make sure that Game 4 is not a repeat of Thursday night.

“It’s my responsibility being the leader and the captain of this team that we were not ready to play. It’s got to change, and obviously, in a hurry.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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
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