Richards' streak extended

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET

 The Lightning won't need a good-luck charm tomorrow night. They've got their own human four-leaf clover.

 The kind of luck Tampa forward Brad Richards brings to his team defies logic.

  When he scored a goal during the regular season, the Lightning were 31-0-2.

 If those numbers weren't already astronomical enough, Tampa is a perfect 9-0 in the post-season when the 24-year-old lights the lamp.

 Teammate Chris Dingman is at a loss to explain the streak.

 "That's what the playoffs are about," Dingman said. "He's a young, up-and-coming star. This is where guys make a name for themselves. It's great for him, he's a good kid and works hard. He's progressed a lot as a player, he's blossomed."

 Richards' two goals last night gives him an even dozen in the post-season.

 He also leads all playoff performers with 25 points and would have to be considered the Conn Smythe favourite if the Lightning take Game 7 tomorrow.

 That's fine with Dingman, as long as Richards keeps denting the twine.

 "It's weird how those things work sometimes," Dingman said.

 "We sure tell him about it to make sure he does score. It seems to work."


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