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The Merriam-Webster's dictionary describes the word as follows:

noun: acute mental or emotional distress or suffering.

We all know the feeling of missing the nail and hitting your thumb with a hammer. We all know the feeling of stepping on a child's toy with an armful of groceries and ending up looking at the ceiling with a swollen ankle. Ya know...pain.

If you were to ask many goaltenders in the league the definition of "pain," they might come up with a slightly different frame of reference. Besides getting beat by a Wade Belak shot or a short-side "Roman Checkmanek special," very few netminders would admit there is anything worse than giving up a shorthanded goal. It is the hockey equivalent of being on a date with a gorgeous woman and barfing all over her because you tried to impress her with your manly drinking skills. Date over. Game over.

Nothing takes the wind out of a team's proverbial sails than being on the powerplay, looking to put a heel on the neck of your opponent, and giving up a shortie. Nothing, that is, unless it is also the game winner. Enter Mike Richards stage right. With all due respect to Sting, Mike Richards is the King of Pain.

#18 did both. Mike Richards has the distinction of having three shorthanded goals this year, which ties him for the league lead in that catagory. That places him in rather rare company, as only three other players in the game can make that claim. His game winning, third shorthanded goal, and 20th point of the season, came against Ricky DiPietro at the 3:24 mark of the third period. R.J. Umberger and Mike Richards broke out of their defensive zone on a two-on-one, Richards kept the puck and fired a snap shot on goal. DiPietro made the save, but Richards stayed with the play and banged home the rebound for his team leading 10th goal. That shortie sealed the game, and while the Isles played spirited hockey 'till the end, Marty Biron shut the door for his 10th win.

I would be remiss if I were not to mention the outstanding play of fan favorite and energy-player without peer, Scottie Upshall. In his first ever two goal game (2nd and 3rd), Upshall put the Flyers in the position for the Umberger/Richards two-on-one. The Flyers are obviously happy to see him back on the ice.

#18 King of Pain. Just ask Ricky DiPietro.

Thanks for reading...

Filed Under:   Flyers   Islanders   Upshall   Richards   John Richards   SYF  
November 13, 2007 12:27 AM ET | Delete
I want Scottie Upshall back. He was definitely a favorite of this fan and I was not happy to see him traded away last February. Glad to see him playing well. (Nice job on the two goals tonight Mr. High Energy.) Blogging again SYF? Is your move finished? No? (I'm not surprised - they always take longer than expected.)
November 13, 2007 1:54 AM ET | Delete
your one of the best bloggers around syf if I had one tenth of your talent I wqould be happyyour one of the bloggers around.P.s. sotty upshaw is great .
November 13, 2007 7:16 AM ET | Delete
Move not completed. Closing on both houses this Friday morning. Moving in to new house on Saturday afternoon. All hell breaking loose before then, lol.Thanks guys, I really like Upshall. He is a great guy on the ice and seems like a perfect teammate. I appreciate the comments Blueline and Flamstr!!!
November 13, 2007 8:36 AM ET | Delete
Nice to see Upshall picking back up where he left off. And who is this Richards guy? He has already tallied his total from last year and is looking to put forward numbers not seen since John LeClair. Love how this team is playing. Now if we can just gets some more points out of Hartnell.
November 13, 2007 8:36 AM ET | Delete
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November 13, 2007 8:49 AM ET | Delete
The thing I love the msot is the emotion upshall brings to the team. the guy scores a goal and is jumping around on the ice and banging on the boards at the fans. This guy knows how to celebrate a goal, and we have been missing something like that for a long time in philly!
November 13, 2007 9:06 AM ET | Delete
Richards has been a dynamo for the Flyers this season. I'd say I am surprised, but he's been doing these things for three years. Now that he has the offense going, he gets more attention, but Richie is Flyers Hockey personified.
November 13, 2007 9:43 AM ET | Delete
Richie has truly blossomed into the player that most of us diehards knew he could be. Upshall is explosive, and he can be a 20-goal scorer easily.Lets not forget how the team stood up to the Isles after that unnecessary hit on Kukkonen.Love your blog...keep up the good work!
November 13, 2007 11:16 AM ET | Delete
Nice work as always.
November 13, 2007 8:39 PM ET | Delete
Good Job!!!!!vote for Mike Richards everyone!!!!!!http://www.votemikerichards.com/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6UfPCpNe2g
November 13, 2007 10:35 PM ET | Delete
SYH, always enjoy reading your work, always intelligent and insightful. Very happy to see Richie getting results and credit due. I think there is much more to come. Upshall has got some wheels! Can't wait score for his first hattie! Andy Sutton is big dope.
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