Former Flyers captain Mike Richards just wants to play Saturday’s night’s game against his ex-teammates and move on.
“I’m going to treat it like every other game,” the Los Angeles Kings’ center said on Saturday morning, where most of his team skated at the Wells Fargo Center. Richards did not skate.
Asked if he was curious about how the fans would treat him, Richards said, “No. I’ve been booed and cheered in every barn, so it won’t be anything new. I’m not concerned about that. I’m concerned about coming in here and playing hockey the way I can play _ and go out there and get a win and go back to the West Coast.”
What’s your message to the fans?
“I don’t have a message,” he said. “I’m coming here to play hockey….I’m just treating it like any other hockey game. I got up, had the same breakfast I have on game days, came to the rink at the same time, and I’ll do the same things (I usually do) this afternoon.
“Obviously, it’ll be a little different with a lot of friends on the other side, but at the same time, it’s a hockey game and you’ve got to play hard and do something here to get a win and go back to the West Coast.”
The Flyers will have some sort of tribute to Richards on the scoreboard, a club official said.
To me, the most memorable goal Richards ever scored was his spectacular shorthanded tally _ after Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak came 25 feet out of his net and collided with defenseman Roman Hamrlik_ in the 2010 conference finals. The goal triggered a 4-2 Game 5 win before an ole-ole-ole-singing crowd at the Wells Fargo Center, sending the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1997.
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