The Los Angeles Kings entered Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks with their backs up against the wall, but anyone who thought they were down and out were dead wrong. Not even falling behind 2-0 to the Blackhawks early on in the game was enough to hold down the Kings as they came storming back and improbably tied the game thanks to a lucky break with under 0:15 left in regulation.
After Patrick Kane scored a controversial goal late in the third period to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead — a lead that everyone in the building thought would hold up– all Chicago needed to do was run out the clock. But with under 0:20 left in the game they cleared the puck on it’s side as it rolled to the end of the ice for icing. The icing call allowed for a Los Angeles face-off in Chicago’s zone and Mike Richards stepped up and gave the Kings a massive boost.
The best part of Richards’ goal for Kings fans was the fact that he was the guy who scored it. After getting blasted by Dave Bolland in Game 1 and suffering concussion-like symptoms, Richards had to sit out this series until returning to the Kings lineup Saturday in Game 5.
Richards was doing what he does best as he was in the right place at the right time and he helped extend a game that looked over into the longest playoff game in Los Angeles Kings history.