Through two games, Brad Richards has two goals and one assist, four penalty minutes (interference and smothering the puck), six shots, two hits, two blocked shots, two giveaways and an average of 21:44 per game.
On faceoffs, Richards was 13-9 against the Penguins and 8-19 against the Bruins.
Last week in the NY Post, Richards said that he was putting a lot of pressure on himself to be better in his second year with the Rangers than he was in his first season.
Richards said that the vision he has on the ice that has propelled him to be an All-Star was “clogged up” last year and he wasn’t feeling “free” with the puck.
He adds “I don’t know what it is about me, but I need to be able to go on auto-pilot. Being here now for over a year, living here for most of the summer and staying through the lockout has really helped me. I’m much more comfortable. And I’m expecting that to translate onto the ice.”
Richards first assist on Sunday came on the power play when he, at the point, took a one-timer that was stopped and the rebound was batted off the ice by Ryan Callahan.
His second assist saw him carry the puck into the zone, move towards the middle of the ice, lose the puck, get it back, circle near the blue line and make a short pass to Michael Del Zotto who then flipped the puck towards the middle of the ice for Taylor Pyatt to tap it in.