First Star: Brad Richards
November 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards (91) scores a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Like the rest of the Blackhawks, Brad Richards was seeking revenge when he visited the Staples Center on Saturday night. After the Los Angeles Kings took down the Blackhawks in overtime of Game Seven, they took care of Richards and the New York Rangers, winning the Stanley Cup in Hollywood on an Alec Martinez over-time goal. Both team and player got what they wanted by the time the final horn sounded, as Richards scored the game-winning goal, one of his two on the night, as the Blackhawks downed the defending Champs 4-1. That was only the icing on the cake for the 34-year old, who has put his slow start with his new team behind him, as he continues to be one of the Blackhawks’ biggest contributors as the season reaches the quarter-mark. Richards loved the California portion of the trip, as he had another two-point performance the afternoon before against the Anaheim Ducks. Add in an assist in the first win of the trip against Calgary, and you have a five-point, six-game road trip for the veteran. Patrick Kane’s dynamite road trip is directly due to Richards’ step up in play, as is the trip’s second star, Kris Versteeg. With Patrick Sharp still awaiting a return, Richards has shouldered the extra load, and the Blackhawks’ offense has seemingly not lost one bit of potency along the way.
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