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Mike Richards doesn’t take credit for goal despite slump

Mar 14, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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If you thought that after 24 games without a goal, Mike Richards would do just about anything to get that monkey off his back, you’re wrong. After being originally credited with a goal that went off Detroit’s Ian White during Tuesday’s 5-2 victory, Richards informed the officials that he hadn’t touched the puck. As a result Drew Doughty was rewarded with his ninth goal of the season and Richards’ slump has now reached 25 contests.

“I guess it just hit (Ian) White,” Doughty said. “Rick [Mike Richards] said, right off the bat, that it didn’t hit him. It would kind of been nice to get him one, because I know once he gets one, he’s going to get on a roll and get a bunch.”

Richards has been a disappointment this season in terms of point production and even the acquisition of former Flyers’ teammate Jeff Carter hasn’t done a lot to change that. Richards did get three assists on March 3, but he’s been held off the scoresheet in seven of his last nine contests. So he certainly deserves credit for doing the right thing despite his recent struggles.

You can take a look at the goal below.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM


    What a terrific article ! … as not only is this exemplary of what “real” journalism is supposed to be all about … as well, this article serves as true testament for what the LA Kings and their fans are all about … honor ! Unlike the majority of other teams and their supporters, who “day in and day out” continually exhibit “rodent-like” behavior by clawing at literally everything they can get their hands on, we LA Kings can always be counted on to do the “right thing” through thick and thin. I’m therefore not the least bit surprised that Mike Richards made this selfless and gallant gesture by acting like a “true” comrade. In so many ways, his character is perfectly suited for one who wears the glorious Purple & Gold of a “King” ! … good on you Mike !

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    • blomfeld - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      In fact, in appreciation for Dadoun’s integrity here as a journalist, I’m inclined to offer the following “touching” number by the King, which is a “timeless” tribute to the entire institution of honor .. please enjoy friends …

    • joethorntonisclutch - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:23 AM

      meh, the kings suck this year

  2. oside760 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    kings have actually been scoring goals lately. hopefully its not too little too late

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