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Video- Mike Richards Gets Two For Boarding

Some are suggesting the NHL should take a look at the hit, others are saying Tim Connolly put himself in a bad position.

What do you think?

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How long are they going to let this piece of crap pull this garbage. This isn’t his worst offense, but it seems he has some kind of BS play every game. I know they love this Bobby Clarke clone but enough is enough.

Posted by timbits on 04/24/11 at 11:20 PM ET

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Richards shouldn’t have pushed him, Connolly shouldn’t have turned to face the boards.  ‘Nuff said.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 04/24/11 at 11:28 PM ET

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“Richards shouldn’t have pushed him, Connolly shouldn’t have turned to face the boards.  ‘Nuff said. “

Did you actually watch the video?  Richards wraps his right arm around the right shoulder of Connolly, very close to a holding penalty on it’s own, then drives him head first into the boards.  Connolly may have turned to face the boards….with Richards’ help.  That was a dangerous and irresponsible play.

Posted by bartusball from USA on 04/24/11 at 11:36 PM ET

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I think it’s probably a little of both, but I tend to agree with timbits: when it’s the same player over and over and over again eventually the league has to take action.  The fact that Richards is an elite offensive player shouldn’t insulate him from league discipline.

Posted by RoneFace on 04/24/11 at 11:36 PM ET

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It’s unclear to me what else Connolly was supposed to do in this situation. The puck comes up along the boards, he’s tracking it and by necessity turns towards the boards (where the puck is). Hitting a player from behind into the boards is illegal, and Connolly has every right to face the boards and not expect to get run headfirst into the dasher.  Richards could have tried to skate around Connolly to establish body position next to or in front of him and fight for the puck, but instead decided to hit Connolly clearly in the numbers and then use his forearms to push him into the boards with even more force.  It’s clearly not one of those situations where Connolly saw Richards coming and turned at the last moment when he already knew he was going to be hit. 

What makes it more egregious is that this is exactly one of the types of hits the NHL is making such a commotion about trying to enforce, and Richards only got two minutes while Buffalo loses one of its top penalty killing forwards.  You’d have to think that Richards’ and the other Flyers complaining following his major penalty in Game 4 had to influence to the decision to issue a minor rather than a major penalty, which is a sad commentary on the state of affairs with NHL officiating.

Posted by Dan from Pittsburgh, PA on 04/24/11 at 11:39 PM ET

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I’m sorry did you watch the replay bartusball? Connolly’s shoulder and arm hit the boards first., not his head.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/24/11 at 11:40 PM ET

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I’m sorry did you watch the replay bartusball? Connolly’s shoulder and arm hit the boards first., not his head.

Yep, watched it several times.  So hitting his shoulder and arm hundredths of a second before his head makes this any less of a dangerous play?

Posted by bartusball from USA on 04/24/11 at 11:46 PM ET

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It means it isn’t from behind. And yes, it does make a difference because if they take hits where shoulder and arms hit first, you might as well take hitting out of the game period.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/24/11 at 11:52 PM ET

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OH NO !! Not Captain Leadership ? He would NEVER hit anyone illegal sick

Posted by Evilpens on 04/24/11 at 11:54 PM ET

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Not looking at taking the hitting out of the game at all.  The hold knocks Connolly off balance, forcing him to lower his head, then he’s driven into the boards.  Had Richards not held him up, I think the check would have been nothing but a good hit.  I’m not calling this a dirty play, just dangerous.  There’s a difference.

Posted by bartusball from USA on 04/25/11 at 12:01 AM ET

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I’m not sure whats going to happen, its a crap shoot as to what the NHL will decide. But what needs to happen is the NHL and NHLPA need to get together and hash this crap out. Not this guy gets a game and this guy gets 4. They need to come to some sort of agreement on how suspensions should be handed out. I know every situation has its differences, but something needs to be done because the players are stopping themselves. Make it some sort of ladder. You get x amount of games for first offense, x for the second etc. And it needs to be carried into the playoffs as well. I don’t care if 1 playoff game is considered x amount of regular season games. Plus fine them during the playoffs because they don’t get paid for the playoffs. Maybe that will get a message across instead of the bull thats handed out now.

Posted by Stuck in the Soo on 04/25/11 at 12:46 AM ET

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this wasnt a hit from behind?

lolwut?

Posted by John Slagger on 04/25/11 at 01:11 AM ET

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others are saying Tim Connolly put himself in a bad position.

Whatever happened to plain old letting up on guy when he is in a vulnerable position?  I’m sure Richards would have appreciated that kind of deference had roles been reversed.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/25/11 at 01:15 AM ET

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how is skating into the corner to get a loose puck putting yourself in a bad position?

to me, it seemed like richards first initiated contact with connolly when he was 8ish feet from the boards and then rode him all the way in…or are guys simply not allowed to turn their back to their opposition?

Posted by John Slagger on 04/25/11 at 01:19 AM ET

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Doesn’t matter what happened, we all know there is absolutely no way Mike Richards will be suspended for Game 7.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/25/11 at 01:39 AM ET

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Looks to me like Richards is trying to eliminate Connolly from the play and something unfortunate happens.  This isn’t the result of Connolly putting himself in a bad position, it’s just kind of a shitty thing to have happened. 

Still, Richards is responsible.  It’s a reckless play.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/25/11 at 01:47 AM ET

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WAAAH! Mike Richards was just trying to make a play.  These guys are flying around on ice skates @ 20-25 mph+ and there are playing a very competitive contact sport.
Shit happens, especially at this level of play. I’m most certain Mike Richards had no intention of giving the Sabres a 2min. man advantage at this point of the game. Stop friggin’ whining you candy asses. IT"S HOCKEY!!!!

Posted by Tim from UTAH on 04/25/11 at 03:24 AM ET

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OH NO !! Not Captain Leadership ? He would NEVER hit anyone illegal

youre right not like your boy Matt Cooke !!!!

hahahahahahahaha

Mario Lemieux should do something about him…oh wait wink

Posted by R u Kidding??? on 04/25/11 at 03:32 AM ET

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You’re not supposed to run guys from the boards into the boards when they’re anywhere from two to fifteen feet in front of them just because you can. You’re supposed to separate the player from the puck and that’s what checking’s supposed to be about, even in the playoffs.

It may or may not have been an accident—if anything’s been definitively proven about video replays, it’s the fact that none of us will ever agree that we see the exact same play because we’re subjective human beings—but players are responsible for the results of their actions, regardless of whether they mean to hurt their opponents.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/25/11 at 05:15 AM ET

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  OH NO !! Not Captain Leadership ? He would NEVER hit anyone illegal

youre right not like your boy Matt Cooke !!!!

hahahahahahahaha

Mario Lemieux should do something about him…oh wait wink


Kne wsomeone Incredibly stupid would take the BAIT !!

Ask yourself this question if that was Cooke would he have only gotten 2 Minutes & would he have been suspended ? No Not Golden Boy Kramer

Posted by Evilpens on 04/25/11 at 11:27 AM ET

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No, but when Carcillo was hit similarly everyone seemed to jump on Carcillo for putting himself in a bad position and diving into the boards. I don’t think Komisarek got any suspension from that hit but if I’m wrong, please someone correct me.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/25/11 at 12:37 PM ET

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No, but when Carcillo was hit similarly everyone seemed to jump on Carcillo for putting himself in a bad position

Carcillo won’t be joining a list of victims anytime soon!

Posted by timbits on 04/25/11 at 01:48 PM ET

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