Individual Playoff Surprises & Disappointments – Eastern Conference

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New York Rangers – Brad Richards

May 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) skates with the puck as Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) defends in the third period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 1-0 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

How quickly the mighty have fallen.  Less than 2 years after being the most sought after free agent going, Richards found himself watching games 4 and 5 of the Rangers 5 game series loss to the Bruins from the press box as a healthy scratch after playing limited minutes on the 4th line leading up to the benching.  Maybe he will have more success under Alain Vigneault, but he is a better player than the one goal in 10 games he put up for John Tortorella, no matter what situation he was put in.