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Richards not mad after post-goal cross check: “That’s great. They can do whatever they want.”

Apr 28, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

Brad Richards‘ third period goal helped seal the deal for the Rangers in their Game 1 win over the Capitals. What you may not have noticed is after scoring his goal he was cross checked from behind by a frustrated Brooks Laich. Have a look at the video of the goal again in case you missed it.

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After the game, Katie Strange of ESPN-New York asked Richards if he was upset about getting hit from behind after putting the Rangers ahead for good at 3-1. His answer was interesting if you think about it a certain way.

“Not after a goal. That’s great. They can do whatever they want.”

Whatever they want, eh Brad? Pierre Turgeon would kindly ask you to choose your words more carefully when Dale Hunter is in the house. Richards isn’t talking about anything of that sort happening to him and he’s just happy to help the team… Right? Hmm…

  1. chazzmon - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Let’s start the next game with a five minute major, that’s just a frustrated cheap shot.

  2. brian32556 - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    I’ve always felt that Dale Hunter should have been banned from the NHL for life for what he did. And as a Ranger fan I hate(d) the Islanders.

    • micklethepickle - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      I’m a Caps fan, and I pretty much agree. At least he should’ve lost a year of play, like Bertuzzi (although what Hunter did was worse).

      As for Laich, it was cheap. Tensions run high in the playoffs. Hope the Rags falter in the next game.

      • obamablowz - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:32 AM

        Bertuzzi broke a kids neck and hasn’t played since the sucker punch. And you still think what Hunter did was worse?

      • micklethepickle - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Yea, I do – Bertuzzi was following “the code” as you old-school hockey fans are always talking about. He was trying to get some payback for a teammate. Moore was a coward and refused to answer the bell.

        What Hunter did was so much worse – upset that his dumbass mistake caused a goal, he cheap-shots the other player while they are celebrating?

        The fact that you’re ignoring intention, and only focusing on the injury that resulted, makes me wonder if you’re actually Brandon Shanahan – but I doubt he’s dumb enough to be a teabagger, so probably not haha!

      • obamablowz - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Punching a guy who is not looking at you, ramming his face into the ice, dropping 230lbs on his head while down, continuing to punch him while he’s knocked out is no code in hockey.

      • brian32556 - Apr 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        It does seem like the Caps fans have not warmed up to Hunter yet. Despite his “illustrious” career there, I think that hit on Turgeon was a blackeye he’ll have a hardtime overcoming.

  3. alexb64 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    The comparison with Dale Hunter’s penalty could have been brought up without trying to imply that Richards was taking a shot at him & The Caps. I get the impression he was just saying he doesn’t care about it if he got a goal & didn’t suffer an injury.

  4. villi5ed - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    It’s Katie Strang of ESPN, not Strange. (An avoidable error. But what else is new on this site?) That aside, and I’m a Rangers fan, the Hunter hot on Turgeon was a thousand times worse that Laich’s on Richards.

    • villi5ed - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      Speaking of avoidable errors, I made two in the above post. “Never mind.”

  5. rg3isvictory - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    The Caps needed to play with that kind of spirit earlier in the Second and all of the third period. The hit is a non story on a slow day considering nobody was injured and non penalty was called. This is hockey and hard hitting is a major part of the sport so when Laich shoves Richards after he scores and pops back up its clear it was much closer to a love tap then a hit. I hope both teams raise the level of hitting in the next game!

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