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Richards continuing to excel as offensive catalyst

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 2:33 PM / NHL Insider

By John Tranchina - Dallasstars.com

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Richards continuing to excel as offensive catalyst
The man just keeps on producing.

Brad Richards has performed at such a high level so consistently over the past season and a half that it’s tempting to take him for granted, but it really is a big deal that the Dallas Stars center has staked his claim to a spot among the NHL’s top 10 scorers and has refused to relinquish it.

After another important performance Sunday night, in which he scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Stars to a 4-2 comeback victory over the Blues in St. Louis, Richards tops the Stars in all offensive categories. His 18 goals and 27 assists each rank seventh in the league, while his total of 45 points puts him sixth overall, through 40 games.

This comes after he led the club and finished seventh in the league with 91 points last year, matching his career-high and representing the highest point total by a Star since Mike Modano recorded 93 in 1993-94, the team’s first in Dallas.

Make no mistake, Richards is nothing less than the Stars’ offensive catalyst. Most nights, anchoring the Stars’ top line alongside usual wingers Loui Eriksson and James Neal, as Richards goes, so go the Stars.

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