Brad Richards C CHI Nov 26 '78

Brad Richards was benched in the third period Thursday against the Islanders.

The Rangers' marquee center had just 47 seconds of ice time, though he did play in overtime. Coach John Tortorella says he's struggling, which is evident on the power play, but it has nothing to do with effort. "I think I was just trying too hard," Richards said of the 3:29 he played on the power play. "Instead of moving the puck when I had it, I was trying too hard and that's why I got myself in jams. I'm smarter than that." Richards has 10 points on the year, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him come out improved in the team's next game.

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