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March 1, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
VANCOUVER - Mike Richards skated onto the ice for the loudest, most intense opening face-off of his life. "It was wild," the Flyers' captain said moments after winning an Olympic gold medal. "It was loud. It was exciting. It was crazy, You couldn't even hear yourself think. You just wanted to get that first [shift] under you, play it safe, and then move on from there. " Richards started the game because he and his line of Jonathan Toews and Rick Nash had emerged as a solid and hardworking example of what Canadian coach Mike Babcock wanted.
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February 24, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
EDMONTON - Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are one again. After weeks of rumblings, the Blue Jackets finally declared the Carter Experiment in Columbus a failure on the 8-month anniversary of acquiring him. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson sent Carter to Los Angeles, a team desperately in need of scoring, last night in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick. The deal hinges upon both players passing a physical exam within 48 hours.
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February 19, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - With captain Mike Richards sidelined by the flu, the Flyers needed someone - anyone - to pick up the slack Friday night at the reverberating RBC Center. It came from two unlikely sources: fourth-line center Blair Betts, who scored his first goal in 45 games, and Braydon Coburn, a defenseman who notched his second goal of the season and first in 15 games. But those heroics were overshadowed by Erik Cole's late game-winner, enabling the Carolina Hurricanes to celebrate Rod Brind'Amour Night with an exciting, 3-2 victory.
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January 9, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - From a white-walled hallway on the bottom floor of the Barclays Center on Thursday night, a member of the Washington Capitals public-relations staff extended his hand to guide Mike Richards into an expansive room. Less than two hours before Washington's 4-1 victory against the Islanders, a red Capitals curtain, draped from a portable rod, marked the spot where Richards would stand and carry out a task that he always considered a chore when he was the Flyers' captain: answering questions from the media.
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May 5, 2005 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As he pulled on his gear for his first game as a professional last night at the Wachovia Center, Mike Richards had an understandable case of the jitters. The only way anyone could be sure was because the 20-year-old center, a first-round pick by the Flyers in 2003, said so after he made an impressive debut while helping the Phantoms beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-1, in the first game of the best-of-seven American Hockey League East Division finals. Richards scored a power-play goal that gave the Phantoms a 2-0 lead early in the second period.
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November 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In hindsight, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown said, he and his teammates wore blinders in the Mike Richards situation. "I guess the first instincts are his play dipped, but you don't equate that to being on drugs," Brown said after the Kings' practiced Tuesday's morning at the Wells Fargo Center, preparing for tonight's game against the Flyers. "Guys go through spurts in their careers where they're not on top of their game and I think collectively we probably all could have [done something to help him]
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October 8, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before a preseason game nearly two weeks ago, Mike Richards skated to center ice, received his C jersey from Flyers chairman Ed Snider, and shook hands with 11 of the team's former captains, who were there for farewell-to-the-Spectrum festivities. Never before had a new Flyers captain received such a welcome. The beloved Spectrum, site of the Flyers' first Stanley Cup championship in 1974 and in the final year of its existence, shook with applause as the fans saluted the symbolic passing of the captain's jersey to the 23-year-old Richards.
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May 13, 2010 | by the Daily News
1. MICHAEL LEIGHTON, Flyers: Made 30 saves in first start since March. 2. MIKE RICHARDS. Flyers: cored the first goal and assisted on the game-winner. 3. KIMMO TIMONEN, Flyers: The defenseman played more than 28 minutes and was a plus-1.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES -     Kings center Mike Richards missed the game with an apparent head injury. It was the second consecutive game the former Flyer missed. Richards received a big hit from Chicago's Dave Bolland late in Game 1, and didn't play in Game 2 on Sunday despite participating in pregame warmups. Richards hadn't missed a game all season. Richards has 10 points in the playoffs.  
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April 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
EARL WEAVER, the late Hall of Fame manager with the Baltimore Orioles, once said he didn't believe in momentum because the next day's starting pitcher could take it from you. You can't find exactly when he said it, or whom he said it to, but there are hundreds of managers out there, if not thousands, who have embraced it as gospel ever since. Over the years, it's been shortened to "Momentum is only as good as the next day's starter" - which seems a great entry to addressing something T.J. Oshie said after Wednesday night's game.
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April 20, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THINK BACK to the go-ahead goal. This is, admittedly, a bit of a chore, because the go-ahead goal occurred midway through the second period, well before Game 3 devolved into a hailstorm of fists, wristbands and power-play goals that left the Flyers and their fans one game away from elimination thanks to a 6-1 loss. But it is there where the story of the series really lies. Not the sliver of daylight between Steve Mason's glove and the post, nor the emphatic fist pump from the all-time great watching his wrister rattle around the back of the net, but the giveaway that ignited the pivotal sequence.
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April 16, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere conceded there was a stretch when he felt some fatigue creeping into his game, but he said he felt refreshed and ready for a grueling series with Washington. If the Flyers have any hope at an upset, they need Gostisbehere playing at his best. "I see him back at a high level," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said before Game 1 Thursday at the Verizon Center. Hakstol said that Gostisbehere was "on the upswing as we came down the latter part of the stretch" and that playing a long, grinding season was part of the experience.
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April 14, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
ARLINGTON, Va. - Mike Richards once was among the bright young athletes in Philadelphia, a Stanley Cup finalist with the Flyers in 2010, an Olympic gold medalist with Canada earlier that year. After a trade and Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014 with the Los Angeles Kings, Richards saw his life unravel last year, first with a demotion to the minor leagues and then an arrest at a Canadian border stop in June, after which he was charged with possession of the controlled substance oxycodone.
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February 29, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn are more than brothers. They are best friends, and both say they miss being Flyers teammates. Funny thing is, they have elevated their play - especially Brayden - since being separated Jan. 6, the day the Flyers dealt Luke Schenn to Los Angeles. In the 23 games since the trade, Brayden Schenn has looked noticeably more confident and had nine goals and 10 assists - his best streak of the season. Brayden Schenn was asked if he was more productive because he was taking on more responsibility with his brother not around.
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January 29, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ARLINGTON, Va. - He was smiling. He was joking. On the ice, in the dressing room, with teammates, and, yes, even with media - even with me. Mike Richards is happy to be back in hockey, so happy that he could greet an old critic with a welcoming smile and a long conversation about the status of his game, even as he still faces an oh-so-uncertain path to his future. "My legs are good," he said after a brief pregame skate at the Washington Capitals' practice facility before Wednesday night's game against the Flyers.
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January 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
Former Flyers captain Mike Richards downplayed facing his ex-team Wednesday at the Verizon Center. It will be the first time Richards has played against the Flyers since he signed a free-agent contract with Washington earlier this month. Richards spent six seasons with the Flyers before being dealt to Los Angeles in 2011. "It was a long time ago," Richards, Washington's fourth-line center, told reporters after the Capitals' practice Tuesday in Arlington, Va. "Four, five years ago now. There might be one player left on the team that I played with, so it really doesn't make much of a difference to me anymore.
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January 9, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - From a white-walled hallway on the bottom floor of the Barclays Center on Thursday night, a member of the Washington Capitals public-relations staff extended his hand to guide Mike Richards into an expansive room. Less than two hours before Washington's 4-1 victory against the Islanders, a red Capitals curtain, draped from a portable rod, marked the spot where Richards would stand and carry out a task that he always considered a chore when he was the Flyers' captain: answering questions from the media.
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December 31, 2015 | Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
SAN JOSE, Calif. - After sitting out 19 games following pubic-plate detachment surgery, Mark Streit returned to the Flyers' lineup Wednesday night in San Jose. Streit was paired with Nick Schultz, and was also the quarterback on the second power-play unit. "It's great to be back and I'm really excited," Streit said before the game, "but it's going to take a little time to feel comfortable and get used to the speed and the timing. " Streit played his first game since Nov. 12. "He's a veteran and brings a lot of leadership in our lineup," center Sean Couturier said.
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November 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In hindsight, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown said, he and his teammates wore blinders in the Mike Richards situation. "I guess the first instincts are his play dipped, but you don't equate that to being on drugs," Brown said after the Kings' practiced Tuesday's morning at the Wells Fargo Center, preparing for tonight's game against the Flyers. "Guys go through spurts in their careers where they're not on top of their game and I think collectively we probably all could have [done something to help him]
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