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03-03-2013, 10:10 PM
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I don't want to derail this GBU and turn this into a thread solely on the Kaleta hit because it takes away from this game. This was our best game in the last four in my opinion even though it's our only loss. But there aren't worse hits than that every game. He hit him clear as day in the numbers and Richards was set that way while Ennis turned at the last second and was much closer to the boards. The Girardi hit was bad but that doesn't take away that the Kaleta hit was pretty disgusting. That is something that needs to leave the game and he deserves a suspension (I'd say 3 games but I bet he gets 5 considering he got 4 for the Voracek headbutt). There has to be an onus on the player hitting him when he's angled that way for multiple seconds before hand. Honestly, he could have been paralyzed from that going head first or at the least destroyed his shoulder or collarbone. I couldn't believe he returned to the game.
I agree that there is not a worse hit in every game.
However, the "hit" was not even a hit. Watch it again. Kaleta was skating towards Richards and he actually started to glide before simply cross-checking him with nothing but his arms and some slow momentum.
Richards actually fell relatively SLOWLY towards the boards in a very strange, awkward manner.
That was actually a strange play. Richards reacted strangely to the push, he fell awkwardly and did a horrible job of breaking his fall, he was a far distance to the boards which added to the awkwardness, and then of course it all seems worse when he throws his gloves off and pretends to be shot by a rifle, only to miss maybe 1 shift and get back on the PP.
I think the play on its own merits when viewed in totality is borderline non-suspension material. Given who did the hitting and who got hit, Kaleta will get 4 or 5....
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