March 24 postgame quotes: Mike Richards
On what he felt returning to Philadelphia:
It was good to see everybody again. Just everyone… the security guards that you’ve said hi to and talked to for six years and then you don’t see them for a while, so it’s good to see everybody. I met up with some people yesterday and it’s always nice to be back and play in front of that. It’s pretty electric out there.
On Jeff Carter:
He played well. He was skating. He does what he does. He’s shooting, skating and playing well. That’s his game. He played his game and had success. It was good to see him get the one goal and I was happy for him. [Reporter: He’s not an emotional guy.] No, he’s pretty even keel. He’s not going to say too much. For him, this is kind of the perfect scenario. His mindset, mentality is pretty even keel. So for him, it’s just another game.
On how much he talked about this game with Jeff Carter:
No, it’s been three years to be honest. For me, the first time it was weird because it was three, four, five games in, whatever it was. It’s three years now. Three years, two season, a Stanley Cup and yadda, yadda, yadda after, so it’s really not that big of a deal.
On pulling out the win:
We knew they were going to come out here in the third there. They’re a team that scores a lot of goals in the third. They got that one early and seemed to have all the momentum, but we’ve been a team that’s played together for a lot of years and been through a lot. We’re a mentally strong team. We can kind of battle back after that and in a tough building. Quickie made some big saves and you just wait for the opportunity and we got and we scored luckily.
On the atmosphere when Los Angeles and Philadelphia play:
It’s not a rivalry I don’t think. I don’t know. It’s weird because there is nobody over there, like a handful of guys, that I played with. I think I know more guys on Anaheim than I know here. So it’s not that big of a deal to be honest. Other than seeing people when you walk in. Going to a different dressing room, it’s really not that big of a deal than a normal road game I guess.
On winning the first game of the road trip:
We’ve done some good things on the road. It’s good to see and the playoffs, in which leading up, we have to continue to build our game. I thought we’ve been doing that. We have a little bit of a lull at home, but the difference in the margin from winning and losing is one mistake right now. So it’s good for us get that bounce tonight and get the win.
On being surprised by the fans reaction in Philadelphia:
No, I got it last time. I gave [Jeff Carter] a heads up. The boo’s sounded close. They’re not going to not boo Richards or Carter at that.