Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final with a win.
Richards, who has 10 points in 14 games in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, is starting as the center on the fourth line between Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford. Nolan is in the lineup for the first time in the series. He hasn't played since Game 6 of the conference semifinals against the San Jose Sharks.
Richards was injured late in Game 1 when he was hit hard by Blackhawks center Dave Bolland behind the goal line.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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