It was a tough decision on who to pick for the Most Valuable Player of game one. It could’ve been Mats Zuccarello who tied the game at one in the first period. It could’ve been Carl Hagelin who drew a penalty late in the third, leading my next choice to score the game winning goal; Brad Richards.
Brad Richards is my choice for game one versus the Philadelphia Flyers for Most Valuable Player. Richards scored late in the third period with the game winning goal to make the score 2-1 Rangers. Richards did not stop there. He then had two assists following his own goal. He was the key player on the power play for Derek Stepan‘s goal and assisted on Carl Hagelin’s goal. With a total of three earned points, last night, Brad Richards’ overall career points in the post season are at a grand total of 81; and that’s only after game 1.
It’s important to have a veteran on the team during the post season. Richards carries a lot of experience with him, especially from being on a Stanley Cup winning team in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightening. Many of the younger teammates, I’m sure, look up to him. He has come a long way since last season’s playoff run. John Torterella healthy scratched Brad Richards the last two games they played in the post season. Maybe that wasn’t the wisest decision. Hopefully, like last night, Brad Richards will be offering a lot of skill and talent to help the New York Rangers make a run for the Stanley Cup!