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Richards out for Game 3

Jun 4, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings will be without center Mike Richards for the second straight game tonight when they host Chicago Blackhawks at the Staples Center.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter confirmed this morning that Richards is out for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

“If it was just about Mike Richards making the decision, Mike Richards is playing tonight,” said Sutter.

It’s suspected the 28-year-old suffered a concussion in Game 1 when he was hit by ‘Hawks forward Dave Bolland.

Richards took the warm-up before Game 2 but did not play.

It’s a big blow for a Kings side that’s already behind 2-0 in the series. With 10 points in 14 games, Richards leads the team in playoff scoring.

Rookie forward Tyler Toffoli will replace Richards, as he did in Game 2.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Hmm… Accidental head contact and no hearing for Bolland? I thought the hit was clean. I also thought the Torres hit was clean.

    Very confusing NHL. “Questionable hit” the lead to an injury in one series is suspend-able but a “questionable hit” in another is not.

    • bwana63 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Torre’s hit clean? Idiotic

      Brown’s elbow to Toew’s throat clean too? On second thought, don’t bother.

      • titansrbeast - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        It makes me lol to see people still saying Raffi’s hit was dirty….I think what you all really mean is Raffi can’t hit if he does he’s suspended!

    • bwana63 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Initially thought you were referring to Torres’ dirty hit on Hossa. Am guessing you were referring to the Stoll hit.

  2. hockeysteph2013 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Bolland turned so that his back hit Richards. There was no vicious elbow to the head. No illegal head hunting… it is unfortunate that Richards is out, but this was not a cheap shot on an unsuspecting player. Torres got what he deserved.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      He’s not going to let that go. But I agree.

  3. hawks888119 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Unfortunate for the Kings and Richards. Advantage Hawks!

  4. gauchomvp - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Is Torres good enough to affect the outcome of the series? No. Is Stoll good enough to affect the outcome of the series? Based on the beating the Kings took in face-offs, yes. Kings win either way, let it go SJSharks, you should be used to playoff disappointment by now. This really hurts the Kings for this series but you won’t hear Kings fans constant whining like SJ even after its now over. It’s unfortunate but the Kings have some adversity to overcome. The intangibles he brings on top of his play on the ice is irreplaceable. Kings have some adversity to overcome this Cup run.

  5. cmcdermottsite - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    While i do not believe Bolland’s hit was illegal, I do believe the way the league was reviewing everthing during the regular season Bolland would have gotten something. Why the league is letting it all go now is a mystery. If Detroit played the regular season like the 2nd round virtually the whole team would have been suspended!

  6. sjsharks66 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    The torres incident was just an example of how comical the disciplinary system is. Im just surprised bolland didn’t get the mystery wheel of punishment. That’s all.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Because he hasn’t already had half a dozen hits under scrutiny and several previous suspensions?

      What about that is so damn hard to understand?

  7. aldog83 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    CMON BROWN!!!!!!!

    CLIFFORD, KING, whoever needs to get physical!!!!!!!!

    We need to punish Chicago.

    Im not asking for a Cheap Shot.

    I Just want to see the Kings Punish the Hawks!

    Time for Kopitar to step ups and control the game.

    He is so strong on the puck and gifted. Time to take over a series.

    If its a concussion Richards could be gone for the year…..

    It starts tonight Kings. (Or it ENDS Tonight)

    Toews showed lack of composure in Detroit with 3 penalties in a period.

    Kings need to get him like that again!

    The 2012 Kopitar & Brown production and 3rd and 4th line scoring can help save the Kings!

    I believe Toews and Kane have ZERO goals…..and still Hawks up 2-0!!!!

    Time for ALL the Kings men…….To Show up!!!!!!

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      New Blomfield?

      • aldog83 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        Hawks are a great team. (Maybe the best)

        Look way faster than the KIngs…..

        I just want the Kopitar and Brown to step up.

        and more offense from Doughty would help.

        It has been a great ride and I feel we are wasting Quicks goaltending.

        At least if Kopitar and Brown and the support lines could score….I could live with the elimination.

        If not……I will be anquishing over what could have been.

        Especially now that Pittsburgh looks beatable.

        NHL playoffs over NBA playoffs…. Any day!!!! and certainly over the boring front end of a 162 baseball game season!

        Go Kings Go! Make the Hawks work for it!

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