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June 10, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings center Mike Richards was running the gamut of emotions following the defending Stanley Cup champion's exit from the playoffs. Richards missed three games of the Western Conference finals against Chicago because of a concussion, returned for Game 5 and scored a stunning goal with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime. Chicago would go on to defeat the Kings, 4-3, in double overtime on Saturday night at United Center. “It's always tough when you end the year in a losing way,” Richards said during a conference call Sunday.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The Kings are the only team in the Western Conference to be mired in a 3-0 playoff hole, which is why there was more talk Wednesday about 2010 than their 2012 Stanley Cup championship resume. There is something special about rallying from an 3-0 series deficit, so extraordinary that it has happened only three times in NHL history. Current Kings Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are members of that select club, having accomplished the feat when they were with the Philadelphia Flyers, who pulled off the trick against the Boston Bruins in 2010.
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June 13, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Mike Richards gave the Kings an offensive charge as soon as the Stanley Cup playoffs began. He had a goal and two assists against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the first round, won by the Kings, 4-2. That's what Richards was brought to Los Angles to do, score. He was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on June 23, 2011, having averaged 28 goals in his previous four seasons. "There will be expectations, but no more, I think, than what I've had before," Richards said heading into the season.
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April 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Were they grasping at straws or coaxing small embers into becoming flames when the Kings repeatedly pointed out that their best players played better in the team's third straight playoff loss to San Jose than in the first two defeats? Better, in this case, is a relative term. And despite a more intense and effective effort by the top players who must carry the load, the Kings still lost, 4-3, in overtime. Now, they must defeat the Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center to avoid being swept - and to prolong a season that only a few weeks ago held great promise for another long postseason run. "It's a good opportunity for us to show - everybody's kind of writing us off right now - a good opportunity to show how resilient we are right now as a group," forward Mike Richards said Wednesday after the Kings' optional practice in El Segundo.
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March 10, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings executives have been speaking highly of prospect Tyler Toffoli's recent progress in the last few weeks and indicated that the high-scoring forward soon might be bringing his talents from Manchester, N.H., to Los Angeles. [ Update, 3:55 p.m.: Soon turned into Sunday when Toffoli was recalled Manchester.] The Kings were off Sunday and play the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Toffoli's presence could serve multiple purposes. Kings center Mike Richards left Saturday night's game against Calgary in the second period after a hit from the Flames' Tim Jackman, but returned for the third.
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June 8, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
CHICAGO -- Not only did Mike Richards take line rushes on Saturday morning, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said that it was "possible" that the center could play Saturday night in Game 5 at United Center. Sutter put his chances at 50-50. The previous day he had said that it was "doubtful" Richards would play. Richards, who has missed the last three games of this series because of a concussion, declined comment after the skate. He centered Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan in the morning line rushes.
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June 2, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
CHICAGO -- Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said Sunday that center Mike Richards is fine after being momentarily dazed by a hit from Chicago's Dave Bolland on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Sutter, as usual, wouldn't disclose his lineup. But it's likely that Richards will play Sunday at the United Center when the Kings try to tie the series. Sutter wouldn't discuss the hit by Bolland late in Saturday's game. It drew no supplementary discipline from the NHL. “It's not an issue,” Sutter said.
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February 24, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
It only seemed as though everyone in Philadelphia owned a camera phone and managed to snap a picture of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards out on the town. The pictures were all over the place when the two were running mates in their Flyers days and later when Richards headed to Los Angeles and Carter to Columbus in June. They resurfaced again when the duo was reunited by Thursday's trade with the Kings sending defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick to Columbus in exchange for Carter.
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January 11, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings center Mike Richards trends toward thinking and acting like a captain. His voice is a quiet but effective one with his Kings teammates and he sent former Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux a supportive text in November, according to NHL.com. Not only was he trying to help a buddy but attempting to boost his morale, in terms of getting Giroux back in the mix for Team Canada for the Olympics in Sochi. Canada has such depth that Giroux, once considered a lock in the fall, did not make it. Nor did Richards, who has a resume dotted with accolades and championships at every level, including a gold medal in Vancouver in 2010.
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May 26, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Memorial Cup winner. Olympic gold medalist. World Junior champion. Stanley Cup champion. All that is missing from the glittering resume of Kings center Mike Richards is the fourth item, and he came within two victories of holding the Cup two years ago with the Philadelphia Flyers. And now, coincidentally, standing between Richards and the Stanley Cup happens to be Devils Coach Peter DeBoer , who was his coach during their successful Memorial Cup campaign with the Kitchener Rangers in 2003.
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April 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Change or end up in a culvert: NHL style. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was talking recently about the challenges of his profession, the changing nature of hockey, and put as fine a point on it as possible. He has coached 1,039 regular-season games, been in the playoffs 13 times and won the Stanley Cup two years ago with the Kings. From the start - coaching in Chicago to San Jose to Calgary and finally, Los Angeles - Sutter has evolved with the times and the players. "Anybody that has had success over a long time, it's not just the game that's changed," Sutter said.
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April 8, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
CALGARY, Canada  - The numbers are quite close to his point total two years ago, then considered a downward trend for a big-name center. At least there was a tangible reason for the Kings' center Mike Richards' recording 44 points in 74 games in 2011-12. He missed most of December of that season because of a concussion, probably came back too quickly and didn't really find his form until he dominated the likes of the Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler in the opening round of the playoffs.
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March 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
For the Kings, it was almost like a carbon copy of their previous victory over the Florida Panthers this season. Close enough. This time, it was goalie Jonathan Quick with the 4-0 shutout against the Panthers, not Ben Scrivens, who pulled off that feat in a 3-0 Kings victory at Florida on Oct. 13. The win marked a career achievement for Quick -- his 172nd victory with the Kings, passing franchise legend Rogie Vachon. Vachon, in fact, was on hand at Staples Center on Saturday afternoon for the moment, a nice touch.
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March 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One of the supposed byproducts of the Kings acquiring Marian Gaborik was the notion that forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards could resume their partnership, helping shake Richards out of a prolonged slump. It hasn't quite happened. Richards has three goals in 2014 - nine in all this season - and has no points in the last six games since scoring the game-winner at Winnipeg on March 6. In the last five games, Carter has one assist, but he did score in the shootout of Thursday's win against Washington.
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March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
WINNIPEG, Canada -- Excitement and relief were the twin emotions hitting Kings center Mike Richards after he scored a big second-period goal, which turned out to be the game winner in a 3-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. Goals and consistency have been hard to come by for Richards in what has been a long and difficult season. He grew up in Kenora, Ontario, about 130 miles away from MTS Center and arranged for about 24 tickets for family and friends Thursday night. This time, he didn't try to create a play after jumping on a turnover in the neutral zone, letting instinct take over, ripping a shot past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec from the left circle.
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March 1, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One particular statistic might as well be printed in capital letters and practically leaps off the page. It resonates even more in a tight, stretch-run situation in which points and wins are carefully hoarded. Game-winning goals. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has scored five times this season but two have been game-winners. BOX SCORE: Kings 3, Hurricanes 1 His power-play goal from the slot at 8:15 of the third period put the Kings in front for good and they added an empty-netter from Justin Williams to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.
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November 18, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
What happened after one half of the successful Jeff Carter - Mike Richards collaboration disappeared from the ice? The impact on Richards and the Kings was not as dramatic as conventional wisdom predicted. Carter, who has a fractured foot, last played on Oct. 30 against the San Jose Sharks. Since then, Richards has eight points in seven games, including three goals. Not only was there the loss of Carter, but there was the adjustment period with linemates Dwight King and Tyler Toffoli . Toffoli has been held off the score sheet just once since he joined the Kings from the minors on Nov. 2. "It's tough just getting familiar with who you are playing with - I think Toffoli's done a really good job, having a similar game to Jeff, just a little bit different," Richards said.
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April 8, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
CALGARY, Canada  - The numbers are quite close to his point total two years ago, then considered a downward trend for a big-name center. At least there was a tangible reason for the Kings' center Mike Richards' recording 44 points in 74 games in 2011-12. He missed most of December of that season because of a concussion, probably came back too quickly and didn't really find his form until he dominated the likes of the Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler in the opening round of the playoffs.
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January 26, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
For Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy, entering Dodger Stadium for Saturday's outdoor game against the Kings was a moment that could happen only in the movies. Like in "Gladiator," the first comparison that came to mind when he tried to explain what it was like for the two teams to march through the center-field fence, along a path bordered by palm trees, and into a stadium filled with 54,099 screaming fans. "When Marcus Aurelius says, 'We who are about to die salute you,'" he said.
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January 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman and Lance Pugmire
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau played his outdoor hockey under the lights, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter under the stars. Growing up in Finland, Ducks center Saku Koivu played not on Golden Pond, but on frozen swamps. Kings center Mike Richards spent almost every winter day skating up and down the outdoor community center rink run by his parents in Kenora, Ontario. No matter if they were from Canada or Europe, in an urban center or a rural area, their shared childhood experience was outdoor hockey.
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