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Video: Patrick Kaleta ejected for check from behind on Brad Richards

Mar 3, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

Buffalo Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta was given a game misconduct and five-minute major for checking New York Rangers center Brad Richards from behind during Sunday’s game:

Richards was able to return to action after that hit, which happened 3:28 into the third period. The Rangers scored one goal on the five-minute major power play opportunity.

The 32-year-old star looked shaken up by that check, so we’ll see if things change despite his quick return.

Kaleta, 26, received a four-game suspension for headbutting Jakub Voracek back in November 2011, so he does have a history of supplementary discipline.


  1. jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    he’s repeated offender and did it with intent, he’s looking at 10 games to rest of the season. I rather give him rest of the season.

    • sabatimus - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Richards fell forward awfully easily. Looked like he was trying to embellish the cross check into something more (which worked), and injured himself in the process.

  2. dmfc1112 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    That was extremely dangerous. He could have been paralyzed but I’m sure that won’t factor into Shanny’s decision, just his actual injury diagnosis. Harry Z. gets 4 so what does this repeat offender get??

  3. kgun80 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Dumb penalty cost Buffalo the game.. Funny how Girardi does the same thing and its only 2 minutes .. Maybe if Ennis whined like Richards it would have been a major

    • johnstone17 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      Big difference between Kaleta’s play & Girardi’s

    • stakex - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      Those two hits are far from the “same thing”.

  4. johnstone17 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Every player in the league needs to wake up. Someone will be permanently injured on hits like this. I’m not going to voice an opinion on fines or suspensions for the play, but hits like these are becoming far too frequent.

    • jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      players don’t respect each other. fighting is way up from the past two seasons in which is good but the problem is the instigator rule. players like Kaleta and Rinadlo of world’s can pull this crap all the time because they got a rule that protects them and they will never face the music on the ice.

      • dmfc1112 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Kaleta and Rinaldo shouldn’t be compared. I have never personally seen Kaleta fight although I am sure he has, right?? I agree with you except for grouping Rinaldo in there as not answering the bell for his on edge play. How often does he turn down a fight?? A perfect example of him backing up his hits is the one he laid on Drew Doughty. Dustin Penner went right for him and they got it on and over with.

      • jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        I guess you didn’t see the BJ Crombeen fight.

      • dmfc1112 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Jimw81, I did watch the Rinaldo/Crombeen fight the night it happened. I’m not sure what your point is since you implied that Rinaldo won’t face the music on the ice. Sure looks like he said “yes” when Crombeen asked him to go.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      They are becoming “far too frequent” because they are being watched more. They are being called almost 100% of the time…players are noticing this and embellishing. That is not my opinion of what happened here, but I’ve seen it over and over – you can’t even pin a guy to the boards this year because they are stopping a foot and a half from the glass and once you make contact they are slamming themselves against the boards for the call. And they’ll keep getting it.

  5. kgun80 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Please explain?

  6. uscthom78 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    its a five gamer.

    • uscthom78 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      I changed my mind…it warrants a raffi torres type suspension.

    • sabatimus - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM


  7. sjsharks66 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I dont know why it does not look that bad to me. I hate Patrick also. Looked like he went down really easy and almost severely hurt himself. 2 games.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Kaleta is one of those players who has no regard for the safety of others. That is such a dangerous play right there. You hit your head at the wrong angle and you break your neck. Shanahan should throw the book at him. If Zolnierczyk gets 4 as a first offender I don’t know what Kaleta will get. But a blatantly dirty play like that deserves a substantial penalty.

    • jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Kaleta has been dirty his entire career.

  9. stakex - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    The thing most people who don’t play hockey will say is that “Oh, Richards goes down so easy… “, but thats not the case at all. Hes leaning in to play the puck, and in that postion it doesn’t take much to put you down. Then once hes down, theres nothing thats going to stop him from hitting head/neck first into the boards.

    Theres just no way around it…. this was a nasty, dangerous hit. I don’t know if there will be a suspension, but there really should be since this type of hit is just as dangerous as a targeted head shot.

  10. kgun80 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    So the hit on Ennis was different because… Richards was leaning into the play? There is a flaw in the rule a hit from behind is a hit from behind. The reason Girardi didn’t get 5 and Kaleta did was reputation, and Richards flailing around like a B&$## . Kaleta being a dirty player is really overblown.. He’s a pest but rarely plays dirty with intent to hurt he just goes full speed and most of the time goes face first into the boards.

    • johnstone17 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:17 AM

      Ennis turned as Girardi arrived, Richards had his back towards Kaleta multiple seconds before Kaleta hits him.

  11. mp1131211 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    How come some videos are viewable on iOS app and some not? This one is not. And the Boston fights were. Just curious.

  12. buffalomafia - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Kaleta doesn’t belong in NHL! He can’t score or even skate!

    I think Sabres should cut him & bring up a young player that can score!

  13. pftbillsfan - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    How does Bettman keep his job. While the successful leagues realize that scoring and safety drive ratings and revenue, he seems he’ll bent on going the exact opposite way. Dangerous hits, and restrictive play. So stupid

  14. kgun80 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    No not really watch the replay.

  15. bradkaz96 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Suspension? Yes!

    And the Oscar for best performance goes to…..

    Brad Richards!!! *Clap* *Clap*

  16. cweez2 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Torts, you trade your tough guys (Prust, Rupp) and scratch Asham and wonder why guys are taking shots? Your stars aren’t answering the bell. Who’s going to? You and Sather helped create this mess. Fix it.

    • johnstone17 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Prust left during free agency for a deal the Rangers could not afford to give him. Rupp was traded for Powe, who has been a significant upgrade playing even minutes & penalty killing. Asham has been out with a back issue. Bickel was in the line up, but was on the bench when this happened. I don’t want the guy leaving the bench to go after a guy that was getting 5 & an early shower !

  17. pwilson264 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    plain and simple, if the players number is in your face you don’t slam him in the boards.

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