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Mike Richards found the back of the net in the Kings' 3-0 victory Monday night.

Richards now has three goals and 10 points in 24 playoff contests. He got off to a slow start offensively in the postseason, but he has been held off the scoresheet in just two of the Kings' last six games.

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Mike Richards continues to contribute to the Kings success, albeit on the fourth line.

Richards was a big factor offensively in the Kings march to the Stanley Cup in 2012 but that is not his role this season. "[Richards] has a track record of winning and for sure understanding what his role is," coach Darryl Sutter said. "Basically he just wins. He's had to accept roles. ... The only reward for somebody like Mike Richards in all this is just winning."

Mike Richards C LA 7 Months

Mike Richards could be a buyout or trade candidate this off-season.

He has six years left on his deal at a salary cap hit of $5.75 million per season, which is too much money to be spending on a player who spends some of his time on the fourth line. "He's still smart, still a gamer, not lazy in his game," said TSN hockey analyst Ray Ferraro. "He's not really a fourth-line center, and plays important roles on penalty kill and power play." If the Kings want to keep Marian Gaborik, which they should, then someone may have to go make room and that person could be Richards.

Mike Richards C LA 7 Months

Mike Richards had 11 goals and 41 points, his lowest production since he had 32 points in 59 games for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2006-07 season.

In addition, the Kings' veteran center was a team-worst minus-6 defensively. The old Richards has resurfaced in the playoffs, though. Centering the fourth line between Dwight King and Trevor Lewis, Richards has won 52.7 per cent of his faceoffs, has scored two goals and six points and has shown plenty of jump in his game. "He's got an elite skill set and when he steps his game up you really notice," King said of Richards. "He's just a little harder in all those areas that are noticeable in the playoffs, and those are big areas for any team. When you've been through as many tournaments and playoffs as he has, he knows what he needs to bring to be effective. And right now he's on the right path for sure." Richards went 23 games without a goal, from late November through mid-January. "I feel a lot better now," he said. "I'm playing more loose, just kind of doing my thing out there instead of worrying too much and overthinking situations."

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Mike Richards was only on the ice for 9:50 minutes in the Kings' 4-3 loss to Anaheim on Monday.

Richards had a minus-two rating, which drops him to a team-worst minus-five. He also has just three points in 12 playoff contests in 2014. He might not be the Kings' biggest offensive threat, but he is certainly supposed to be one of their primary contributors and he hasn't been able to do that in the postseason.

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Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter played around with his lines in Game 4 of the team's second-round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks.

The shuffling placed Mike Richards between Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter. "I thought that was a good line for us. They created multiple scoring opportunities and did a good job against whoever they were on the ice against." The trio could be line to start Game 5 together as well on Monday night.

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Mike Richards felt the Ducks played harder than the Kings in Game 3 on Thursday.

Anaheim earned a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles as a result. "They were a desperate team, and they showed up," Richards said. "We know what it is like to be in that position, and if the other team is more desperate than we are, they're probably going to have more success." Richards scored his first goal of the playoffs on Thursday, which at least gives him something to build off of.

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Mike Richards doesn't want to get frustrated with his lack of offensive production in the playoffs.

Richards has no goals and just two assists in nine playoff games. "Obviously you want to contribute with scoring goals, but at the same time we're winning hockey games right now, and have to just keep doing the same things to do to help the team," Richards said. The Kings are on a six-game winning streak, which includes the first two contests of the second round. His lack of offensive production in the playoffs is the exception rather than the rule. He has 23 goals and 79 points in 107 career postseason games.

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Mike Richards is the only player in NHL history to win two playoff series after falling behind 3-0.

Richards was part of the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers and now 2014 Los Angeles Kings. Technically, so was Jeff Carter, but the difference is that Carter didn't participate in the 2010 Flyers series due to an injury.

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Mike Richards earned his first point of the playoffs on Thursday.

Richards assisted on Justin Williams' power-play goal early in the second period. He was a big contributor in the Kings' first two playoff runs and with Los Angeles down 3-1 in its series against the Sharks, the Kings really need him to step up now.