Richards does Dallas
Last night, it was Steve Bernier with the big debut in Buffalo, but tonight Brad Richards showed just what Dallas might have in their big deadline deal acquisition, potting five assists in his first game as a Star.
When you're playing for one of the worst teams in the league, a change of scenery would do anyone a little good.
From the team's postgame release:
- Richards is the first forward to earn 5 assists in one game in franchise history.
- Richards became the first Star to earn 5 points in a game since Mike Modano (1-4-5 pts) on 2/10/02 at Anaheim.
Richards played on a line with Niklas Hagman, who had a hat trick, and Antti Miettinen, two of the Stars youngsters who have really broken out this season with solid campaigns. That Tampa Bay didn't have anyone of their calibre on its second line speaks volumes as to why Richards struggled there this season.
Granted, it was only Chicago that Dallas beat up on, but I've got a feeling that, once the Stars are fully healthy, they'll be one of the teams to beat this postseason.
"I'm so happy to be a part of this," said Richards. "They've got a good thing going here. I went from looking like I'd be done the first of April to making a good run at (the Stanley Cup)."
- ESPN's Scott Burnside had a great story on what Richards's deadline day was like.