Kings center Mike Richards said he felt helpless while sitting out with a concussion for three games during their conference finals loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Here’s more from the veteran, who returned to the lineup and scored an unforgettable goal on a deflection in the closing seconds of regulation play to force Game 5 to overtime:
Mike Richards sat out three games during the Kings’ conference finals loss to the Chicago Blackhawks because of a concussion suffered when Dave Bolland cracked him behind the net late in Game 1. So, Richards knows how hard-hitting the Kings’ playoffs were in 2013. Here’s more on his view of the physical play, starting with the first round victory over the St. Louis Blues: “I know, personally, it was one of the most grueling first series I’ve played. … I think this was the most physically draining (postseasons).”
Injured Kings center Mike Richards was ruled out of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night. He won’t play for the third consecutive game after suffering a concussion on a hit from the Chicago Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland near the end of Game 1.
Mike Richards went for a twirl on the ice Wednesday morning for the first time since suffering a concussion in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Saturday in Chicago. Richards, a veteran center, skated for about 25 minutes with the Kings’ extra players. He didn’t stop to speak with reporters after leaving the ice for the dressing room.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter ruled center Mike Richards out of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. Richards suffered what the team calls an upper-body injury and what everyone assumes is a concussion when the Chicago Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland cracked him in the head late in Game 1 on Saturday.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter couldn’t say Monday whether injured center Mike Richards would play in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday at Staples Center. Sutter did say a makeshift line of Dustin Penner, Jeff Carter and rookie Tyler Toffoli formed the Kings’ best line during their 4-2 loss Sunday to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2. Carter moved from right wing to center to replace Richards, who suffered a concussion in Game 1 on Saturday. Toffoli returned to the lineup as the right wing on the Kings’ second line. Sutter used the word “awesome” to describe their play.
Toffoli set up Carter’s third-period goal and then scored one himself late in the game.
Despite coach Darryl Sutter’s pregame insistence, center Mike Richards and the Kings were not “fine” going into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Sunday in Chicago. The Blackhawks built a four-goal lead en route to a 4-2 victory in Game 2, taking a 2-0 series lead.
Looking back before looking ahead to the Western Conference finals …
Patrick Sharp scored the winning goal for the Blackhawks and Ray Emery filled in for Corey Crawford in goal. The Blackhawks were rolling toward the NHL’s best start in history, and the Kings were mired in what sure looked like a Stanley Cup hangover. Coach Darryl Sutter continued to deny the fact, but the Kings were a pedestrian 5-6-2 to start their championship defense. Mike Richards scored their only goals on this night, both on power plays.
Jarret Stoll isn’t an All-Star center in the eyes of everyone around the NHL, but he adds needed elements to the Kings’ game they certainly could use in the Western Conference finals against either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Detroit Red Wings. Stoll was missed during the Kings’ grinding seven-game victory over the San Jose Sharks, according to forward Mike Richards. Here’s what Richards said Wednesday about the absence of Stoll, who suffered a concussion in Game 1 against the Sharks:
When asked Wednesday what the Kings can expect from either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Detroit Red Wings in the upcoming Western Conference finals, forward Mike Richards said, “a lot of problems.” The Kings lost two of three to each team during the regular season. Here’s more from Richards on the day after the Kings eliminated the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series: