Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/24/13
Hard work, perseverance and determination -- three words that best describe Los Angeles Kings forward Brad Richardson. A healthy scratch for 32 of the teams first 34 games that included a stretch of 24 consecutive games without being dressed, Richardson never stopped working both on and off the ice or became frustrated enough to seek a trade. He prepared each and every day, awaiting to get the word from head coach Darryl Sutter that he was back in the lineup. After a Kings disappointing shootout loss to Minnesota back in March, Sutter decided to make some changes and Richardson finally earned his way back into the lineup the following night in Dallas. Despite playing in his first game in well over a month, he made an instant impact, scoring his first goal of the season in a 3-2 Kings victory over Dallas. It was a great feeling scoring that goal, Richardson said. You want to make an impression on the coaches because it sucks not playing. We have 23 guys that can all contribut...
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