October 17, 2010
After a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice, Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards(notes) was not a happy camper. So he decided to regale the media in a postgame scrum with several complaints, accusations and general annoyances about his arch rivals before abruptly walking away, saying "I think I've given you enough quotes there."
So, to recap:
• The Penguins have enough skill to convert 5-on-3s, especially with "the extended time that they had."
• Richards chased Penguins pest Matt Cooke(notes) around the rink last season but Cooke wouldn't have any part of him. Ever the generous one, Richards agrees to fight Cooke if Sidney Crosby(notes) fights Flyers pugilist Dan Carcillo(notes).
• Richards revealed that it's difficult to play the Penguins because "they're gonna be falling down pretty easy," and that Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy(notes) allegedly took an "easy" fall on a slashing call assessed to Richards during the game.
Broad Street Hockey, which shot the video, had a poll last night asking Flyers fans what Mike Richards was attempting to do here, and "Being Refreshingly Honest" was an early leader in the vote. Meanwhile, Seth Rorabaugh of the Penguins blog Empty Netters wondered if this was "what leadership is."
You can't kill a guy for answering the questions he was asked, which is what Richards did here. Whether you categorize it as excuse making or simply calling it like he sees it is probably contingent on your feelings about Richards and the Flyers.
After viewing this, we imagine there are more than a few Flyers fans nodding in agreement with a "go get'em Richie" vigor ... and more than a few Penguins fans who see the opposing captain petulantly rattled by a rout on home ice.