April 12, 2012 |
VANCOUVER, Canada — The gaps between goals grew longer for Mike Richards than seemed possible for one of the NHL's premier two-way centers, capped by a 26-game famine from mid-January to mid-March. There's more to his game, but the Kings needed him to fortify what they tried to pass off as an offense. And he knew his struggles meant opponents could key on Anze Kopitar and more easily shut the Kings down. "You don't want to lose confidence. You start looking at the stat sheet maybe and get frustrated," Richards said.
October 15, 2011 |
When: 4 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center. On the air: TV: Fox Sports West. Radio: KTLK (1150) Records: Kings 1-1-1; Flyers 3-0-0. Update: Mike Richards, the return. Funny how the lone Kings-Flyers game this season happens to come so quickly as Richards plays against his former team for the first time. The Kings acquired Richards in June in exchange for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, and the deal carried more than the usual baggage. Richards was asked about how he was planning to handle the homecoming.
March 6, 2014 |
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.
January 8, 2014 |
KINGS TONIGHT VS. BOSTON When: 7:30. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Update: The Kings have won once in their last seven games, and the curious slump of center Mike Richards extends beyond that stretch. Richards has one assist in the last 12 games and has not scored since Nov. 25 at Vancouver, a 19-game drought. Forward Milan Lucic of the Bruins, who missed the loss at Anaheim on Tuesday because of illness, practiced Wednesday and is expected to play against the Kings.
November 7, 2013 |
They are hockey's equivalent of a quick cleaning, a sure-fire way to spiff up the place before getting to the serious stuff later. Yes, things often look a lot better after a game against the struggling Buffalo Sabres. The Kings have been struggling on the penalty kill, dealing with injuries to forwards Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene and inconsistency. Those concerns eased Thursday night after the Kings beat Buffalo, 2-0, sparked by power-play goals from centers Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar at Staples Center.
October 6, 2013 |
— Kings forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards know their lines, take their cues from one another and usually not much goes wrong if they feel like improvising. The rest of the cast, at times, seems a little lost. Left wing Matt Frattin is the latest forward trying to figure out the script with Richards and Carter. In two games, Frattin has two assists, one at even strength, the other on the power play. It's a tough assignment, but there have been moments of understanding on the two-game trip, a win and a loss.
April 13, 2013 |
The man knows his entertainment, his sport and his theater. "I hope we get to play him a few more times … this year," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. Sutter was speaking about the Kings and Anaheim, and specifically, the Ducks' incomparable Teemu Selanne. The pause was a creative way of throwing puck proceedings forward to the playoffs, going beyond the finale of this regular-season series between the Kings and Ducks. This, in fact, was Saturday morning, many hours before the Kings' hard-fought and tense 2-1 victory over the Ducks, which featured one waved-off goal and enough emotion to fill the cavernous Staples Center, a rarity in the regular season.
May 14, 2013 |
A shutout victory might look dominant on the scoreboard, but the Kings' players and coaches saw room for improvement after Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. Mike Richards, who scored midway through the second period, did not like the way his team started out, with San Jose forcing most of the action in the first 10 minutes. "They had a lot of time to make plays," Richards said. "At the beginning of a series, it sometimes feels like you're trying to feel out people, but luckily it didn't cost us. " The Kings not only managed to score at the end of the first period, they also found a rhythm in the second and shut down a Sharks power play that has been very effective in this postseason.
June 8, 2010 |
From Philadelphia -- Two weeks ago, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was hailed as one of the NHL's best two-way players and a prime candidate for the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Around the same time, Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards was touted as a modern-day Bobby Clarke for his one-goal, two-assist performance in the Eastern Conference clincher against Montreal, a showcase of his grit, timely scoring and playmaking.