Facing his former team in New York, Richards scores winner for Blackhawks


Brad Richards had plenty of time. He took advantage of a defensive breakdown from the New York Rangers and made his former pay.

Back in June, Richards was bought out by the Rangers just days after the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

On Wednesday, his goal at the 7:19 mark of the third period counted as the winner for the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, as they defeated the Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden. Scott Darling, in net for Chicago, recorded his first career NHL shutout.

Yeah, this felt good for the 34-year-old Richards, who scored his 11th goal of the season.

“You never want to say it, but tonight was a little special,” Richards told the Chicago Sun-Times.

“It was a bonus to get one in this building against them. Not in a bad way. I have nothing bad to say about the organization or New York — everybody knows how much I loved playing here. But it’s pretty cool to score against them and win the game.”