2010 NHL Playoffs: Mike Richards Shows Why He’s the Philadelphia Flyers’ Captain

May 25th, 2010 by Bob Cunningham Leave a reply »
Mike Richards said in his pregame press conference that the fans of Philadelphia deserved having the Eastern Conference Finals clincher played on the Wachovia Center ice.

He said that they deserved it for sticking behind the team through the whirlwind of a season they had.

A couple of hours later, Richards carried the Prince of Wales Trophy into the Flyers locker room, after leading his team to a Stanley Cup Finals showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Richards put his body on the line once more, played a hard 22 minutes, and recorded three points as the Flyers slayed the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-2 win in Monday night's Game 5 at the Wachovia Center.

It was his first-period game-tying shorthanded goal that demonstrated why he dons the "C" on his left shoulder, and it set the tone before a rambunctious hometown crowd.

On the penalty kill with Kimmo Timonen away for roughing, Richards relentlessly pursued a Claude Giroux clear, avoiding a collision with Jaroslav Halak and Roman Hamrlik to get up, and slid the puck into the empty net.

Richards collected the primary assist on Jeff Carter's winning tally in the seco ...

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