Using a move he he's tried twice before, with 2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
In the sixth round, Richards put the brakes on for a wrist shot that beat Ray Emery to the glove-side from the slot. The move, Richards told a TV reporter after the game, has worked two of the three times he's tried it.
It was the only thing that worked against either goaltender in a shootout long on good saves and short on well-placed shots.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who stopped Viktor Stalberg on a penalty shot in the third period, stoned the Blackhawks forward again on a backhand deke in the shootout.
Quick had 35 saves for the Kings, who tied Calgary and Colorado with 76 points -- eighth most in the Western Conference with the playoffs fast approaching.
Jeff Carter and Slava Voynov scored in regulation for LA, while Marcus Kruger and Patrick Kane had goals for the Blackhawks. Kane's goal tied the game 7:36 into the third period and Kruger, after scoring in the second, was the last player to miss in the shootout against Quick, sealing LA's win.
Emery had 27 saves for Chicago, which remained No. 6 in the West after its second loss in three games. The Kings snapped a two-game losing streak and finished 2-2 on a four-game road trip.