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08-10-2012, 01:46 AM
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Where does Mike Richards Game 1 Performance Rank?

Best individual games throughout the playoffs by a King during this year. I think Richards in game 1 versus canucks is top 5.

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The Dwight of Kings had a few pretty good games against Phoenix.

We can't forget Brown's two shorties against the Canucks in Game 2.

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Doughty had a few special performances. Quick and Brown in game 3 of that series and both a time or two more. Was definitely Richards' best game though. It's in the top 5 for sure.

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The Dwight of Kings had a few pretty good games against Phoenix.

We can't forget Brown's two shorties against the Canucks in Game 2.
good point

What about Quick in game 5 at Vancouver? Or Kopi in game 3 against jersey ?

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Kopitar's goals were things of beauty throughout the playoffs...

St. Louis game 2.

New Jersey game 1.

New Jersey game 3.

Just off the top of my head...I know he had eight all in all.

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One thing that made the run so special was it was a so many different guys.

Matt Greene scored a shorty!
Carter's hattrick
Richards' Gordie howe hat trick.
Penner's huge goals

The list goes on and on my friends

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Has to be Matt Greene. He scored a shorthanded goal that was so shocking, he crashed NBCSN.

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I think he set the tone for the playoffs with that game.

No matter how well you ended the regular season or how confident you are in your team, walking into the President Trophy winner's arena as an 8th seed has to weigh on your mind. Plus a lot of these guys remember losing to them in 2010. He was a beast in that game and really lead the team to that first win, which is an incredible confidence booster, and that hit on Burrows with Luongo pulled was a nice exclamation point, showing that they're never going to let up.

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I think he set the tone for the playoffs with that game.

No matter how well you ended the regular season or how confident you are in your team, walking into the President Trophy winner's arena as an 8th seed has to weigh on your mind. Plus a lot of these guys remember losing to them in 2010. He was a beast in that game and really lead the team to that first win, which is an incredible confidence booster, and that hit on Burrows with Luongo pulled was a nice exclamation point, showing that they're never going to let up.
That pretty much echoes what luc robitaille said after that game and in subsequent interviews. After game 1 he said that was the most competitive performance he'd ever seen by a king in a playoff game. After they won the Cup, he went back to that and said he felt Richards experience playing (since he was a teenager) playing with such confidence and skill at the highest level nationally and internationally was a presence that the Kings needed. That he showed them how to play, how to set the tone, how to use a sharp set of teeth. Without that forceful game and the W that followed, maybe the series turns out different.

I'm spoiled, I've seen him play since he led the PHantoms to a AHL Cup in 2005 as a prerookie. I've come to expect that of him in the playoffs, and it's that beast that comes out in him that 's made him (per Bob Mckenzie on draft day) the winningest player in the NHL, having now won every piece of team hardware there is to win (and the only player in the NHL to have done so) Bodes well for the Kings.

If healthy, I don't think there is a team in the league that can match what the Kings have down the middle , 4 centers who can play 200 feet of hockey that well.
ANd esp Kopi and Richie, who can really dominate on both sides of the puck, and given how young they are, it sets the Kings up to excel at center for years.

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Out of a bunch of great moments, one I particularly loved was
a 2-man disadvantage PK with Stoll/Scuderi/Mitchell in, I believe,
the 3rd game of the NJ series.

They simply would not permit any meaningful shot to get thru at all--Total denial.
We came out of that PK energized.

God, I loved that.

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Lots of guys had big contributions at different times.

I thought that Richards got the Kings off to an excellent start in Game 1 against Vancouver. I think Brown pretty much dominated physically from Game 2 on against the Canucks and then the entire series against St. Louis.

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