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Richards doles out five assists

Stars 2 3 2 7
Blackhawks 1 0 3 4

DALLAS — Former Lightning forward Brad Richards had a career-high five points — all on assists — in his Dallas debut, setting up Niklas Hagman's first hat trick in a 7-4 win Thursday.

"I'm so happy to be a part of this," Richards said. "They've got a good thing going here. I went from looking like I'd be done the first of April to making a good run at (the Stanley Cup)."

Richards arrived Tuesday as the centerpiece of a five-player deal with Tampa Bay because co-general manager Brett Hull figured the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy winner could make a good offense better. On Richards' second shift, he put a long pass right on the blade of Hagman's stick at the lip of the goal for a tap-in score.

Hagman scored another goal in the second period on a play started by Richards, then Hagman gave Richards a few taps on the helmet after their third hookup came on a power play. His five assists tied a franchise record (Mike Modano, Feb. 10, 2002). Richards had never had more than three assists in a game. He was a plus-2 in 19:16 on the ice. He won seven of 13 faceoffs and was among the first unit on the power play.

Richards added that he "felt like a little kid again" because he was so nervous about how he'd fit in on his new team.

"It was a good solid first outing," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said with a smile.

First Period1, Chicago, Byfuglien 13 (Williams), 4:08 (pp). 2, Dallas, Hagman 23 (Richards, Daley), 4:57. 3, Dallas, Modano 18, 9:58. PenaltiesLundqvist, Dal (hooking), 3:26; Toews, Chi (high-sticking), 13:45.

Second Period4, Dallas, Hagman 24 (Miettinen, Richards), 2:47. 5, Dallas, Eriksson 12 (Morrow, Ribeiro), 4:41. 6, Dallas, Daley 3 (Richards, Miettinen), 6:34. PenaltiesSeabrook, Chi (holding), 13:51; Boucher, Dal (hooking), 16:35.

Third Period7, Chicago, Bourque 7, 4:25 (sh). 8, Dallas, Hagman 25 (Richards, Boucher), 5:55. 9, Chicago, Ladd 10 (Kontiola, Williams), 9:20. 10, Dallas, Lehtinen 12 (Richards, Modano), 16:49 (pp). 11, Chicago, Bourque 8 (C.Adams), 18:15 (sh). PenaltiesHjalmarsson, Chi (hooking), 3:49; Byfuglien, Chi (hooking), 7:02; Miettinen, Dal (elbowing), 10:46; Barker, Chi (interference), 14:48; Seabrook, Chi, major (fighting), 14:48; Ott, Dal, major (fighting), 14:48; Burish, Chi, double minor-major-game misconduct (charging, instigator, fighting), 15:18; Ribeiro, Dal (slashing), 15:18; Morrow, Dal, major (fighting), 15:18. Shots on GoalChicago 6-8-15—29. Dallas 7-9-9—25. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 3; Dallas 1 of 6. GoaliesChicago, Lalime 12-10-1 (13 shots-8 saves), Crawford (6:34 second, 12-10). Dallas, Turco 29-13-4 (29-25). A18,584 (18,532). T2:27.

Coyotes 2 0 0 2
Blues 1 0 0 1

ST. LOUIS — Ilya Bryzgalov made 41 saves and the Coyotes beat the Blues for the fourth time this season.

First Period1, St. Louis, Johnson 4 (McClement, Mayers), 15:13. 2, Phoenix, Jovanovski 11 (Mueller, Vrbata), 17:21 (pp). 3, Phoenix, Kapanen 9 (Yandle, Morris), 18:05 (pp). PenaltiesKapanen, Pho (delay of game), 12:04; Mayers, StL (hooking), 16:01; Backes, StL (cross-checking), 17:04.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesJanssen, StL (charging), 6:11; Jackman, StL (slashing), 7:07; Boyes, StL (high-sticking), 9:17; Tjarnqvist, Pho (high-sticking), 11:34; Ballard, Pho (roughing), 19:33; Jackman, StL (roughing), 19:33.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltyMueller, Pho (hooking), 7:41. Shots on GoalPhoenix 9-8-11—28. St. Louis 16-14-12—42. Power-play opportunitiesPhoenix 2 of 5; St. Louis 0 of 3. GoaliesPhoenix, Bryzgalov 24-18-5 (42 shots-41 saves). St. Louis, Legace 23-19-7 (28-26). A17,867 (19,022). T2:21.

Bruins 2 2 1 5
Penguins 0 0 1 1

BOSTON — Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots and Marco Sturm scored twice to reach 200 NHL goals to lead the Bruins.

First Period1, Boston, Sturm 21 (Kobasew, Metropolit), 9:49. 2, Boston, Sturm 22 (Metropolit, Ward), 12:07. PenaltiesLaraque, Pit (hooking), 13:13; Savard, Bos (slashing), 16:57.

Second Period3, Boston, Chara 15 (Wideman, Savard), 2:21. 4, Boston, Axelsson 12 (Thornton, Savard), 16:01. PenaltiesChara, Bos (hooking), 10:12; Whitney, Pit (hooking), 12:30.

Third Period5, Pittsburgh, Dupuis 11 (Taffe, Kennedy), 13:03. 6, Boston, Krejci 2 (Stuart, Kobasew), 17:49 (pp). PenaltiesMalkin, Pit (hooking), 5:17; Talbot, Pit (boarding), 10:36; Chara, Bos (roughing), 10:36; Wideman, Bos (roughing), 10:36; Malone, Pit (roughing), 15:13; Ward, Bos (roughing), 15:13; Ruutu, Pit, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 17:32; Lucic, Bos, major (fighting), 17:32; Malkin, Pit (tripping), 18:26. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 10-9-9—28. Boston 12-8-11—31. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 0 of 3; Boston 1 of 5. GoaliesPittsburgh, Conklin 17-5-5 (13 shots-10 saves), Fleury (2:21 second, 18-16). Boston, Thomas 22-14-4 (28-27). A17,565 (17,565). T2:25.

Flyers 0 1 2 3
Senators 0 1 0 1

PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers' Mike Knuble scored twice to spoil Bryan Murray's return behind the Senators' bench. Murray, also the GM, coached the team for the first time since the Ducks eliminated Ottawa in last year's Stanley Cup final.

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesHeatley, Ott (cross-checking), 4:15; Jones, Phi (slashing), 19:14.

Second Period1, Ottawa, Spezza 25 (Meszaros, Stillman), 6:33 (pp). 2, Philadelphia, Dowd 4 (Cote, Timonen), 13:32. PenaltiesDowd, Phi (goalie interference), 5:20; Biron, served by Kapanen (roughing), 6:33; Spezza, Ott, major-game misconduct (butt-ending), 6:33. Timonen, Phi, minor (holding the stick), 17:51.

Third Period3, Philadelphia, Knuble 23 (Smith), :41. 4, Philadelphia, Upshall 10 (Timonen, Carter), 6:30. PenaltiesFisher, Ott, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 6:21; Cote, Phi, misconduct-misconduct (), 6:21; Downie, Phi, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 6:21; Stillman, Ott (hooking), 18:29. Shots on GoalOttawa 7-12-14—33. Philadelphia 11-16-10—37. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 1 of 4; Philadelphia 0 of 3. GoaliesOttawa, Emery 12-12-4 (37 shots-34 saves). Philadelphia, Biron 22-16-5 (33-32). A19,567 (19,523). T2:26.

Islanders 2 1 1 1 5
Thrashers 0 3 1 0 4

ATLANTA — Trent Hunter scored in overtime as the Islanders recovered after blowing a three-goal lead.

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Comrie 19 (Davison, Martinek), 9:15. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Vasicek 14 (Hunter), 11:26. PenaltiesKlee, Atl (hooking), 4:18; Bergenheim, NYI (holding), 4:58; Kwiatkowski, Atl (holding), 5:46.

Second Period3, N.Y. Islanders, Hilbert 8 (Berard, Guerin), 1:02. 4, Atlanta, Perrin 12, 3:53 (sh-ps). 5, Atlanta, Klee 1 (Armstrong, Perrin), 13:46. 6, Atlanta, Zhitnik 3 (Holik, Little), 15:00. PenaltiesHavelid, Atl (holding), 3:39; Fedotenko, NYI (hooking), 4:28; Recchi, Atl (hooking), 17:12; Berard, NYI (holding), 18:33; Zhitnik, Atl (interference), 19:03.

Third Period7, N.Y. Islanders, Comrie 20 (Berard), 3:17. 8, Atlanta, Holik 11 (Recchi, Klee), 18:38. PenaltiesDavison, NYI (roughing), 7:16; Vasicek, NYI (interference), 12:39.

Overtime9, N.Y. Islanders, Hunter 9 (Vasicek), 1:09. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 13-9-13-2—37. Atlanta 7-9-7-0—23. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 5; Atlanta 0 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, DiPietro 26-23-7 (23 shots-19 saves). Atlanta, Lehtonen 13-18-3 (37-32). A16,332 (18,545). T2:27.

Rangers 2 1 1 4
Hurricanes 0 1 1 2

RALEIGH, N.C. — Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery scored first-period goals to lift the Rangers.

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Dubinsky 13 (Jagr), 3:50. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Avery 11 (Girardi), 19:16. PenaltiesMalik, NYR (hooking), 5:01; E.Staal, Car (hooking), 13:19.

Second Period3, N.Y. Rangers, Drury 21 (M.Staal, Dawes), 2:14. 4, Carolina, Cole 16 (Hedican, Eaves), 7:39. PenaltiesHedican, Car (delay of game), :10; Backman, NYR (high-sticking), 5:25; Callahan, NYR, major (fighting), 12:15; Conboy, Car, major (fighting), 12:15; Avery, NYR, misconduct, 17:04; Walker, Car, misconduct, 17:04.

Third Period5, Carolina, Cole 17, 4:54 (pp). 6, N.Y. Rangers, Shanahan 21 (Dawes, Gomez), 7:28. PenaltiesM.Staal, NYR, double minor (high-sticking), 1:58; Backman, NYR (holding), 4:54; Backman, NYR (roughing), 9:00; E.Staal, Car (cross-checking), 19:01. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 15-11-2—28. Carolina 5-10-13—28. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 3; Carolina 1 of 6. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 29-21-6 (28 shots-26 saves). Carolina, Ward 27-21-4 (28-24). A16,041 (18,730). T2:23.

Oilers 1 4 0 5
Kings 1 2 1 4

EDMONTON, Alberta — Ales Hemsky scored two goals and added an assist as the Oilers won their third in a row.

Richards doles out five assists 02/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:19am]
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