Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Thanks Brad Richards

By Keith Schultz

Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! 

The Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Championship run was punctuated with a Patrick Kane goal, but that highlight is all set up by a Brad Richards no look pass.  The pass was a perfect no looker that set up #88 for the goal that sealed the Game #6 victory.  If you forgot what it looked liked here is the video evidence.

Richards was the next in a long line of second line centers for Patrick Kane during his career with the Chicago Blackhawks.  Richards was just another veteran in a long line of guys to make pit stops as the #2 center until Artem Anisimov took the role for good for know last season.

Richards was by far an upgrade over Michal Handzus, and it looked like the Hawks really had found a line that clicked with Richards, Kane, and Kris Versteeg until Versteeg broke his hand in the Winter Classic.  Richards still scored 12 goals and picked up 25 assists in 76 regular season games.

I thought the Hawks kind of saved him a bit for the playoffs and his stats proved it with him scoring 3 times while picking up 11 assists on his way to lifting the Stanley Cup for the 2nd time in his career.  Richards was the Conn Smythe winner when the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004.

Richards had a very solid NHL career playing 1,126 games and scoring 926 points while being one of the faces of the Lightning for years.  Congrats on a fine career Brad Richards and thanks for the fun year in 2015!

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