It was hard to watch for the second straight game, Brad Richards struggling to help his Rangers,
struggling to contribute offensively and making some glaring defensive gaffes.

The result was the Rangers losing to the Kings, 3-0, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night at the Garden, going down in this best-of-seven by that same 3-0 margin and putting the Blueshirts on the brink of elimination.

It also put Richards likely on the brink of his final game as a Ranger, with an amnesty buyout looming once this season ends, his contract now a burden which the organization is unlikely to keep around.
And Richards did all he could to not focus on his personal future, or the stark reality his team is in.

“You don’t look at anything more than just a game on home ice,” he said about Wednesday’s Game 4.

“You can’t look anywhere past that. It’s obvious, we don’t have to talk about the hole we are in. But they didn’t get four [wins] yet. There is a game Wednesday that we are going to be here and we are going to play.”

Richards carries an annual salary-cap hit of $6.67 million through 2019-20. If the 34-year-old retires before then, the team will be hit with a cap recapture charge, keeping his bulky salary on the books for the whole of the contract.