Tampa Bay Lightning fans might have been salivating Sunday, watching the 58th NHL All-Star Game. Not because Steven Stamkos scored a goal in his first appearance or that Marty St. Louis — in his sixth All-Star Game — scored his fourth All-Star goal while picking up an assist in helping Team Lidstrom erase a four-goal deficit in an 11-10 victory, but because of who played alongside the Lightning pair. Former Tampa Bay center Brad Richards, who won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP when the Lightning won the 2004 Stanley Cup, formed a formidable trio on the same line as St. Louis and Stamkos. The three combined for two goals and four points, despite receiving the least amount of ice time on their team. With Richards having an MVP-caliber season with Dallas, sitting sixth in league scoring and scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, could it be possible that Sunday was a preview of something in the near future? Certainly nobody would think of broaching the subject when asked, but at least for one game, reuniting St. Louis and Richards while adding in the league's leading goal scorer in Stamkos made for a tantalizing thought. "It was a treat to be back with Marty,'' said Richards, who picked up an assist in his first All-Star appearance. "It was awesome. Even in warm-up we caught each other going back to the same routine we did, and it was probably 2006 the last time we really played together, so we did the same routine and we both remembered. "And on the ice, it was fun to look for him again. I was trying to get him one all night. I even felt bad for Stammer sometimes, because I was looking for Marty. But it was fun and I'm happy I got to play with Stammer, too, the leading goal scorer in the league.''
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Tampa Tribune | Jan 31