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Rangers’ Richards out again tonight

Mar 7, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

Brad Richards AP

Brad Richards will miss his second straight game tonight when his Rangers visit the Islanders.

Richards — who was crosschecked into the boards from behind Sunday by Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta (who was suspended five games for the play) — didn’t skate this morning; however, the 32-year-old center doesn’t expect to be out much longer.

“It’s not a long-term thing,” Richards said, per the Daily News. “I went in (to the boards) pretty hard. I’ve just got to let the body regroup a little bit here … Obviously, the neck and back are a little locked up.”

The Rangers, buoyed by the return of power forward Rick Nash, have won three straight.

The Isles have won two in a row themselves, including a 6-3 win over Montreal on Tuesday.

  1. johnstone17 - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Oh boy, he must be embellishing the injury! ( sarcasm).

  2. mclovinhockey - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    The NHL needs to show the world how Richards went into the boards, heads up hockey kept him from ending up like that player in the Swedish league.
    That was horrifying to watch.

  3. mattybo - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Here is to hoping he mentally regroups a little as well. I’m sure as a professional athlete dealing with a massive drop off he could use a little unwinding.

    Please come back to me Brad of old. Go bang out Olivia Munn or whatever the hell you need to do to get your game back.

  4. pwilson264 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    it was good to see during brads interview, that he looked to be coming along pretty well.after looking at the hit again am surprised Brad Richards didn’t break his neck. if these players like Kaleta, can’t follow the new rules set in place to stop vicious hits like that, to Brad Richards then they should be expelled out of the league. hockey is a great game with the big clean hits and, yes the fights, but there’s room for hits that you as a player know could end another players career. maybe we need to go back to old school hockey, were as if you hurt a team member you paid for it on the ice.

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