"I didn't think so until I heard you guys talk and write, and it put a little more pressure on me," he said with a smile after the morning skate Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. "But it's good, it's good pressure; it's responsibility that a hockey player wants."
Carter played at the Wells Fargo Center Monday for the first time since he was dealt to Columbus. He wasn't with the Kings yet when they played here that season.
"It's exciting," said Carter, minus his two front teeth after getting hit with a stick last season. "We had six good years here. I obviously loved playing here and had a lot of fun."
Carter, who took a team-high 24 goals into the game, said he didn't expect a warm greeting from fans.
"It seems like everybody that goes back to play against their old team gets booed, so that's just the way it is," he said. (He was right. The fans booed whenever he or Richards touched the puck.)
Carter was upset when the Flyers traded him to Columbus, but he is happy in Los Angeles.
It's worked out pretty well for us - a Stanley Cup, playing in L.A. It's a pretty good setup," he said.
"Time heals all," said Richards, who scored in the second period Monday to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.
Winger Steve Downie missed the game with an upper-body injury. He was replaced on the third line by Tye McGinn, who was promoted from the Phantoms. . . . In a pregame ceremony, team doctor Gary Dorshimer was honored for his 30 years with the Flyers.