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Brad Richards says he has played poorly in the Stanley Cup Final

Rangers center Brad Richards looks up at the

Rangers center Brad Richards looks up at the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

LOS ANGELES - In a bit of public self-analysis, the Rangers' Brad Richards said Thursday that his game has been off against the Kings. He didn't quibble with his demotion to the fourth line and a lesser role on the power play.

"I haven't been where I need to be this series, so my ice time has been lower," Richards said.

Richards said his reaction after being told about the changes by coach Alain Vigneault before Game 4 was: "You go try to win a game . . . If you're down 3-nothing, there's something that has to change. You talk to your new linemates and go play."

During practice at Staples Center in advance of Game 5 Friday night, Richards, who pointed to his play in Game 2 as evidence of his slide, again was on the left side of Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett.

"Game 2 [a 5-4 double-overtime loss] was rough," he said. "I don't know what happened; I just couldn't get out of my way, but besides that, if I score a goal or contribute or we win, you probably have a whole different feeling. I had a chance maybe to bury it in the third, and it probably changes the whole mentality of the team, coming back [home] 1-1. It didn't. If other guys are figuring out another way to get it done, right now, it's about that."

Game 5s unkind

Since 2008, the Rangers are 2-7 in Game 5s. In three of those losses, they were eliminated from the playoffs: A 3-1 loss in Boston last season, a 3-1 loss in Washington in the first round in 2011 and a 3-2 overtime loss in Pittsburgh in 2008. Their last Game 5 victory was in Pittsburgh in this year's conference semifinals. Before that, it was a 3-2 overtime win in 2012 against the Capitals at the Garden.

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