There was his chance, sitting open at the left circle, waiting for the puck, and when it came, Brad Richards fired it quickly only to watch it get swallowed up in Martin Brodeur's stacked pads.

It was the third period of the last game of the Rangers season, Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Devils, Friday night at Prudential Center. It was tied 2-2 with the Rangers on the power play. Richards was the No. 1 import to Madison Square Garden this season, signing a nine-year, $60 million free-agent contract and earning himself, through feats of big-game heroics that overshadowed his inconsistencies, the moniker "Broadway Brad."

"Bang-bang play, it's a good save," Richards said after his team lost, 3-2 in overtime to a goal by Devils rookie Adam Henrique. "I'd do it again the same way. He squeezed it between his legs."

When Richards was asked if he could describe the feeling of defeat, having to stand in front of the cameras and with tape recorders in his face, he simply said, "No. Not really."