Now, down to business. I have been assured by some Flyers fans that Richards and Carter had little to do with your team's victory. In fact, they say Carter was bad most of the time and pretty much invisible. They tell me that the Kings could have made the playoffs without them and contended, and had nothing to do with the Cup victory. I am told that they were inconsequential.
This confuses me, because I was under the impression (what with all the games I watched) that this is the opposite of what is true. So what is it Kings fans? Were Richards and Carter vital contributors? Or were they passengers, lucky to be allowed to ride the coattails of Quick, Brown, Doughty and Kopitar?
Down in the basement, I've got a Craftsman lathe. Show it to the children when they misbehave.
Richards and Carter were absolutely vital, every player on this Kings team made a difference in them winning the cup. I'm pumped we have them both for a very long time and now that they have proved so many people wrong they can live their lives and play hockey without all this doubt and nonsense weighing them down. I think we're going to get much better hockey players next year and that's ****ing scary.
EDIT: Btw, Schenn and Simmonds ****ing rock too so I'll be rooting for them in the east. Giroux is also ungodly good.
Sounds like some very jealous Flyers fans. Carter and Richards were both key in this run. While Carter may have cooled off at times, the Penner-Richards-Carter line as a whole brought it night in and night out. Richards was, well, Richards. He plays his best when everything is on the line and he did so the entire playoffs.
They honestly can't think that. There is no possible way. If they do, they are just bitter bitter fans. They were huge for the Kings. There is no other way to put it. I'm not going to waste my time trying to explain something to them when they can just watch. I feel bad for them.
Carter and Richards were a big part of the Kings winning. You can say that anyone was invisible for some games in the playoffs. Even Kopi and Brown had bad games, but that's when other players stepped up, including Carter and Richards.
For instance, the first line was outstanding in game 1 against Phoenix. The next game Phoenix tried to put more focus on the first line and Richards line came out with Carter scoring a hat trick. Quick is amazing and we wouldn't have won without him, but we also wouldn't have won with just Quick either.
This was the best postseason from Carter I've seen. Defensively and offensively he really brought it. The two of them were leaders in the locker room as well. Just the little things like Richards pushing Brown ahead in the handshake line with Phoenix to keep him from getting into a fight. To say he and Richards were passengers is hilarious. They weren't the reason the Kings won, but I don't think the Kings win without them.
Richards set a tone for the team in Game 1 against Vancouver that didn't stop until last night. They never trailed in a series after that first game, and went up 3-0 in every series after that first game. That's insane, but somehow it happened. Richards didn't carry the team, but the Kings aren't where they are right now without him.
Getting Carter at the deadline was a second wind. He can go quiet at times, but one flick of the wrists, and the Kings were in a position to win Game 2 in OT against the Devils.
Neither guy was the reason the Kings won. They were a big part of the reason though. There's never a passenger on a team that wins a Cup.
Honestly I think many Flyers fans and Philadelphia sports fans in general are short sighted, immature morons. Im really glad Richie and Carter made a difference for you guys. With that said i want to say congratulations and best of luck to you guys going forward.
Richards and Carter were vital to the success of the Kings.
No everyone is going to be a beast for all 20 games. Even Quick had some off nights, but the team was there to pick him up and limit the chances against.
Richards and Carter play all 200 feet and scored some huge goals for the Kings. Richards was huge in the first 2 series and Carter was huge in the last 2. Hell of a second line with Penner all playoffs.
If Richards and Carter were not in the lineup, the other team's D would have been able to focus more on Kopi-Brown-Williams, and vice versa. Spread out the skill, and you make the other teams have to account for that somehow.
I was really impressed by Carter. I don't think I've ever seen him play better. He really wanted this, to prove to people that he wasn't a detriment to his team in clutch situations.
Look, trading the guy is one thing. But lying to his face and tricking him into signing for a lower cap hit, I would never be able to support that. I'm really happy that Carter ended up in LA after everything he went through this season.
Good god... they must be kidding. Richards enabled Stoll to slot into the 3rd line center role where he belonged. In every series when the Kopitar line was stopped, the Richards line had all the opportunities, and vice versa. Richards was huge.
Carter boosted the goal scoring #'s and was a big body who could play wing where the Kings were thin. Without Carter the Kings would have likely missed the playoffs. The scoring took off when Carter joined. Richards was on the team all year - during the goal scoring drought.
There's no way - zero - that the Kings win the Cup without Richards or Carter. They don't even make the playoffs without Carter.
They were a tier under Kopitar and Brown obviously, but they were key components for sure. Carter really took off in the last two rounds and Richards had a tremendous series against Vancouver and was a steady contributer all through the playoffs.
I wouldn't say the cup was won their backs but it's a team game and they played a big part in that team.
Carter had two game winning goals in the Stanley Cup Finals and a hat trick against Phoenix. I'd say he was pretty damn necessary.
Richards was humongous in the first two series and still had his moments in the last two. Absolutely vital.
Carter also assisted on Dustin Penner's OT game winners in Game 1 against Vancouver and Game 5 (clincher) against Phoenix. So that brings him to 3 GWG in the playoffs plus two game winning assists. Guy only scores in blowouts though.
Bitter Flyers fans are hilarious. Both of those guys were critical pieces to the win. When Kopi/Brown/Williams weren't having a good game, Richards/Carter/Penner seemed to pick up the slack and vice versa.
What I still don't get and probably will never understand is why the Flyers fans are bitter or dislike players that were traded away to which they had no control over. What exactly are the Flyers fans mad about?