As we prepare to work on a Buffalo Sabres game seven preview, someone tell us how Mike Richards will not only escape a suspension, but only received a two minute minor for this vicious cheap shot on Tim Connolly. If there’s any doubt about Richards’ intention on this play, focus in on the 10-14 second portion of this clip, when it’s clear as day his arms are fully extending Connolly head first into the boards.
Connolly has already been ruled out of Tuesday’s deciding game because of this hit.
This was Richards’ second cheap shot of the series. He was already issued a five minute major for elbowing Patrick Kaleta in the face during game four. Speaking of… If this was Kaleta doing the hitting he’d be gone for at least five games. Take a stand against a player regardless of his status in the league for once, Mr. Bettman.