Mike Richards had a two-point night in the win over Dallas yesterday, which segues appropriately into my LAKings.com feature that calls to attention his style of play and how it has benefited teams at every level of hockey late in the regular season and in the postseason. Richards has won 20 playoff series between junior and professional hockey. He has won gold medals at World Juniors and the Olympics in addition to a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup and a Stanley Cup, and is the type of player you want on your side in a seven-game playoff series.
“He’s not so much a pest as chirping, or whatever,” Colin Fraser said. “But he’s a pest in the sense that he’s hard to play against. He can shut guys down. Kopi’s the same way in the sense that you can put both those lines against a top line, and they can both shut them down because they’re not cheating offensively. They’re thinking defense first.”