SOMETIME on Monday, between his pregame nap and his pregame meal, Mike Richards tried to put himself in the right frame of mind.

"You go over things that you want to do in your head," Richards said. "Certain plays that you go through in your head and what you want to do."

On Saturday, in Game 1, Richards posted eight shots on net to tie a game high and finally broke through with his first goal of the playoffs. He swore if he got another eight shots on net that he would make the most of them.

On Monday, in Game 2, Richards led all skaters with 10 shots on goal.

He accounted for 10 of the Flyers' season-high 54 shots, which included 14 minutes of overtime action. It isn't often that one player accounts for nearly 20 percent of a team's shot output.

It's even more rare that a player would connect on 10 shots - with another two attempts blocked - and come away empty-handed, as Richards did.

"I felt like if I had another eight shots like I did in Game 1, I would score again," he said.

Richards' expectations - though always high in the eyes of the Flyers' faithful - are different than the other high-impact players on coach Peter Laviolette's roster. Last spring, Richards netted 23 points in 23 playoff games.

But in addition to that, Richards' line, usually matched up against Boston's David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, has a defense-first responsibility.

That is perhaps what limited Richards to just five assists in the first round, aside from a nasty but largely unpublicized bout with the flu that caused him to lose nearly 10 pounds off his already thin frame.

It was teammate Ian Laperriere who said last year that Richards has the "body of an 8-year-old."

Richards, Kris Versteeg and Dan Carcillo limited Boston's top line to just one goal in Game 2, after they ran the show in Saturday's 7-3, Game 1 shellacking.

And while doing so, they were able to net a combined 12 shots as a line.