Mike Richards’ physical play is getting under the skin of the Boston Bruins. In particular — Marc Savard.
“I mean, I don’t know,” said Savard about Richards after his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal game 5 home loss to the Flyers. “That’s the way he plays. It’s part of his demeanor. He’ll never change. So I don’t know.”
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Flyers captain Mike Richards made an injury threat to Boston’s Marc Savard in the second period of Monday’s 3-2 Boston win over the Flyers.
“You were out for six weeks?” Richards allegedly asked Savard following the Bruin forward’s reported biting incident with Philadelphia’s Dan Carcillo in the second period of game 2. “We’ll put you out for another six weeks.”
Overcoming the loss of Simon Gagne’s defensive swagger, Jeff Carter’s team-leading scoring streaks and Ian Laperriere’s effort, won’t be easy when the Flyers take on the sixth-seed Boston Bruins in a second-round match up set to begin on Saturday in Bean Town.
But with some line changes and the insertion of certain black aces, the Flyers can only hope to manage the drop off as best they can.
With an Olympic gold medal and enormous four-point game against Tampa Bay in his rear-view mirror, Flyers’ captain Mike Richards is likely not concerned with facing Florida Panthers forward David Booth for the first time since knocking him out with a snot-bubble hit on Oct. 24.
However, the same can’t be said for Booth, who has played just eight games since returning from a serious concussion caused by the impact.
“We’ve got to get two points, that’s the bottom line,” Booth told the Sun Sentinal’s Steve Gorten, about facing the Flyers at home on Wednesday. “But it’ll be an interesting game, sure.”
After drooping into the abyss of the Eastern Conference, with a record of 2-8-1 in Dec., the Flyers seemed utterly lost and the season appeared over. But after a 4-1-1 upswing to bring in the New Year, things are looking up for the Orange and Black. But what exactly changed?
According to the Globe and Mail, the veterans stopped playing nice guys and took charge.
After much deliberation and dramatic announcement ceremony on Wednesday, Steve Yzerman’s Team Canada has been named for the 2010 Olympics.
The list, with some noticeable omissions, includes Flyers’ defenseman Chris Pronger and forward captain Mike Richards. Jeff Carter was placed on the stand-in list in case injury should strike a roster player.
Will the real Flyers’ captain please stand up?
At 35-years old, defenseman Chris Pronger was brought into the Flyers organization in the offseason to help shape up a young squad and act as guidance for 24-year old captain Mike Richards. But after losing five of their last six games and battling ever-growing pressure to improve, the real locker room leader is emerging and it’s not the one wearing the “C”.
“We need to make it [bleeping] happen on Thursday [versus Vancouver],” Pronger said. “It needs to [bleeping] happen now, so we can get over that hump and get this ship headed into the right direction.”
According to the Daily News, the NHL has ruled that Mike Richards’ hit on Florida’s David Booth in Saturday’s 5-1 victory at the Wachovia Center, was a hockey hit within the game’s legal parameters.
Both Florida’s Keith Ballard and Florida general manager Randy Sexton were enraged by the hit, calling it intent to injure and demanding a suspension. Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren snapped back, saying that if Sexton thinks it’s an illegal hit, he needs to “watch more hockey games.”
Credit goes to the league for seeing this hit for what it was — violent but not illegal. Credit also should go to the league office for staying consistent in their rulings. Often seen as inconsistent with suspensions especially when it comes to the Flyers, the NHL did not suspend Dion Phaneuf for a similar violent collision in the preseason and ruled in an identical fashion in favor of Richards.
Late in the second period of Saturday’s Flyers – Panthers contest, Mike Richards did his best Scott Stevens impression, colliding with Florida’s David Booth on the blue line, knocking the 24-year-old out cold.
Amid offensive inconsistency the past two games, in which the Flyers have only scored a total of four goals, coach John Stevens has mixed up the lines once again in an attempt to capture some depth production.
“It’s more because of lack of production,” said Stevens. “We had a three lines before that could all score and a fourth that could chip in and we liked the feel of it better.”