Torts: Richards is just fine

- May 8th, 2012

NEW YORK — John Tortorella hasn’t had much to say to reporters at times during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.
But after his New York Rangers took an emotional 3-2 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals on Monday night, Tortorella came to the defence of one of his top players.
Namely, Brad Richards, who scored the tying goal on a power play with 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
“He has been doing it for quite a while, for the past few months here,” Tortorella, the Rangers’ coach, said. “People were crawling all over him a little bit earlier in the year when he was trying to find his bearings, but he has been a been a pretty big part of us getting a seed, as far as the playoffs.
“I thought he was brutal the last game. It was probably one of the few games that he struggled, but he has been a big-time player for us.”
Richards also won 12 of the 18 faceoffs he took in Game 5. Signed as a free agent by the Rangers last summer, Richards won a Cup in 2004 with Tortorella and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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