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Richards comes up big for Rangers in Game 1 win

Apr 17, 2014, 11:36 PM EDT

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Remember when Brad Richards was a healthy scratch for the New York Rangers in last year’s playoffs? Yeah, right?

Well, on Thursday, he was the catalyst for the Rangers in their win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of that Eastern Conference quarter-final. He scored once – the winner on a third-period power play, caused by a lack of discipline from Philadelphia – and added a pair of assists to help New York to a 4-1 victory and a 1-0 series lead.

Yet, prior to this post-season beginning, there was talk he could be a potential buyout candidate, which is similar to what he experienced a year ago.

“I believe that everything works out for a reason,” Richards told the New York Post. “I’m under contract to the Rangers and I’m going to put everything I have into playing for the Rangers until someone tells me that I’m not on the team anymore.”

Not sure that same speculation will persist if he has nights like he did Thursday in these playoffs.

Rangers’ head coach Alain Vigneault didn’t necessarily laud Richards’ leadership qualities following the win. It’s expected the veteran forward plays big.

“That’s what he’s here for,” said Vigneault, as per Katie Strang of ESPN New York.

  1. ctcork - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    As a Lightning fan I am both happy and sad to see Richards and Marty playing well together in the playoffs

    • billiam55 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      and im sad to see Captain Cally in a lightning jersey.

  2. nashernation - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Hags and Zucc were all over the ice tonight. Great crowd at the garden tonight. 209 was rocking! AVs system was on full display tonight. Outstanding hockey.

  3. iceman8383 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Keep it going! Let’s Go Rangers!!

  4. johnstone17 - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    Richards played possessed tonight.

  5. dhillca - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    torts must be sad

  6. billiam55 - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    well we’re still buying him out so ya he better be making the most of it while hes here.

  7. 950003cups - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    In 2012 Richards had a great playoff run. Not sure why everyone’s so shocked.

    • cofran2004 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      yeah, he definitely seems to be one of those guys who turns it on for the playoffs. Another guy that played for the state of NY that did that a lot was Andy Pettite.

      St. Louis didn’t score, but he played very, very well. The power play looked good too. I just wish they wouldn’t wait til the third period to start playing like they’re capable of playing.

      Poor Jason Akeson…. I almost feel bad for him. He had a great season in Glens Falls and a phantoms team that, to be blunt, sucks. He isn’t really known for being undisciplined like that, of all the guys on the flyers, I’m surprised it was him that committed that bone-headed move.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        st louis had two points last night, he made the score sheet. They didnt wait till the 3rd period last night. that was pure dominance from the drop of the puck.

      • cofran2004 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        They were ties through 2. Shots on goal don’t matter when the score is tied. They waited until the third period to score the game winning goal, there is no arguing that.

        As far as St. Louis making the score sheet, that’s not the same as scoring. He had 2 assists, yes I know. But he didn’t score (a goal). Most people don’t have to have that specified for them, but from now on, I’ll try to remember to do so for your sake.

        Oy vei…

  8. bleedrangerblue - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Great game against the scumbag flyers. LGR!!

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