Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal in the Kings’ 2-1 victory over the Ducks on Saturday night, a flawless laser that eluded goaltender Viktor Fasth for a power-play strike late in the second period. It hardly surprised Kings coach Darryl Sutter, who has seen what Richards can do when the games get more meaningful at this time of the season.
“Well, I think he has gotten stronger for sure,” Sutter said of Richards’ play of late. “And, as is typical with Mike, the bigger it gets, the better he plays. I think it’s on record that he had a tough start and he’s certainly played well lately. We need those centermen to complement each other, that was one of the real strengths of our team last year.”