Brad Richards scores off of Braydon Coburn

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes any shot is a good shot. And sometimes you need a little bit of luck to score in the NHL.

It hasn't been a great start for the New York Rangers this season, but Brad Richards is doing everything he can to show the front office that hanging on to him for another year was the right move.

His first-period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night was already his fifth of the year, and it was the type of good bounce that you need in the NHL. Richards fired a bad angle shot from the corner that just so happened to bounce off of Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn and find the back of the net behind Steve Mason.

Sometimes any shot is a good shot.

While that's a good break for Richards and the Rangers, that's also the type of season that it's been in the early going for the Flyers.

Richards scored just 11 goals for the Rangers last season in what was one of the worst goal-scoring seasons of his career. In just eight games this season he's almost halfway to matching that total.

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