Brad Richards Has Been Who We Thought He Was

May 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Brad Richards Has Been Who We Thought He Was

" When Brad Richards signed with the Rangers this offseason, he came with two things that people couldn't stop talking about.

The first was a salary that he seemed unlikely to earn in later years of his deal, causing some people to wonder if the Rangers were repeating their mistakes with Chris Drury, Scott Gomez and others.

The second thing was his reputation for playing his best when his team needed it the most. If he lived up to that, the salary wouldn't be much of a concern because there was a pretty good chance the Rangers would have moments of celebration worth every penny.

So far, so good. Richards' goal to send Game Five to overtime was just the latest big moment he's provided in his first season with the team.

There was the goal to win the Winter Classic, one of nine game-winners Richards had during the regular season, and there was the role he played in scoring each of the first two goals of the critical Game Six win over the Senators "

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