This might have been one of the easiest decisions this season for the Rangers, deciding that Brad Richards should wear the Broadway Hat following the club's crucial 4-3 overtime victory Sunday night over the Islanders.
While it was Marian Gaborik who scored the winner, and Brian Boyle who netted the tying goal, and Henrik Lundqvist who preserevd it all with a monster save in overtime, it was Richards who was the single most dynamic player on the ice for either team from start to finish. In the end even his excellent totals---two goals and an assist---did not scratch the surface for the dominating game Richards played.
"He played really well," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of Richards following the game Sunday. "He's been hard on himself, but he's a great pro, and I have a tremendous amount of faith in him. If this is the time of year he gets going on all cylinders, it's going to help the team tremendously. He's a pretty damn good player."
This was the ninth multiple-point game for Richards this season and the fourth time he has reached three points---his Rangers' single-game high. Richards now has 21 goals, 29 assists, and 50 points on the season. This marks the ninth time in 11 seasons Richards has reached the 20-goal mark, and the tenth time in 11 seasons he has reached 50 points.