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Patrick Kaleta’s dirty cross-check from behind injures Brad Richards

New York Rangers forward Brad Richards was going to retrieve a loose puck when Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta cross-checked him from behind.  This dirty hit from Kaleta earned him a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.  You can also guarantee there will be a suspension coming.  The only question that remains is how many games will it be.

There is no room in the game for senseless dirty hits like this.  Kaleta knew exactly what he was doing and that Richards was far enough away from the boards that if Richards went down he wouldn’t be able to stop himself.  Richards was holding his shoulder and my guess would be he either separated his shoulder or broke his collarbone, both of which would cause him to miss an extended period of time.  The Rangers ended up beating the Sabres in a shootout 3-2.


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