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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 ET / 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
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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