St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Richards 'surprising' himself at World event


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 4, 2001

Lightning center Brad Richards is finding it tough to explain scoring a goal in each of Canada's three victories at the World Championships.

"Very surprising," he said Thursday from Hanover, Germany. "I usually get more assists, but things are going well and the puck is going in the net."

Canada was 3-0 in pool play and is one of 12 teams -- including the United States, Russia, two-time defending champion Czech Republic and 1998 champion Sweden -- in the qualifying round that begins today in Hanover and Cologne.

Four teams were demoted to the relegation round in Nuremberg.

Richards and Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier have made huge contributions to Canada's effort, which includes Wednesday's convincing 5-1 victory over archrival Russia.

Richards is plus-3, and his three goals are tied for the tournament lead with former Lightning Robert Petrovicky, who plays for Slovakia. Lecavalier has a goal and an assist, and is plus-1.

"It's awesome," Lecavalier said. "We have a great team and a great bunch of guys, and right now we're playing unbelievable."

"I think we took a big step (Wednesday) night in beating the Russians," Richards said. "We controlled every part of the game. That's definitely a big confidence booster. There's a long ways to go, but we're very confident."

Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina has not scored but is plus-3 for the Czech Republic. Forward Alexander Kharitonov has two goals for Russia.

LIGHTNING PRESEASON: Tampa Bay will play the Senators in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Sept. 18 and the Blue Jackets in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 19. The rest of the schedule is expected to be announced shortly.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

Hubert Mizell
  • Pitino is right at home as a Derby dweller

  • Motorsports
  • Simpson, NASCAR tangle again

  • College football
  • NCAA alters Friday football landscape

  • Devil Rays
  • McRae is in style
  • Rupe is willing to try bullpen
  • McHale is due in bay area today
  • Rays stuff
  • Up next: Indians

  • Lightning
  • Richards 'surprising' himself at World event

  • Colleges
  • Consulting firm upbeat about USF AD search

  • Arena football
  • A strong body, and now he has the head to match
  • Tonight: Storm at Milwaukee

  • Et cetera
  • spearheads unique Derby coverage

  • Preps
  • Crystal River's losing record disappears
  • Pitcher stifles Keswick hitters
  • Sarasota outlasts PHU 3-0 in nine innings

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts