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Is This A Head Shot To Mike Richards?

Richards left the game after this hit from

Tomas Fleischmann

Sean Bergenheim and according to reports, will be re-evaluated again today.

Willie Mitchell also left the game early with a lower-body injury.

added 8:29am, A longer video of the incident can be watched below…

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  Tags: mike+richards, sean+bergenheim



i think it was one of those hits that is not necessary.  I don’t think it was directed at the head, but there really was no need for him to take a run at him that way to begin with.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/02/11 at 11:58 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Karma wins again.

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/02/11 at 12:06 PM ET


That’s “taking a run” at Richards?

Posted by Garth on 12/02/11 at 12:14 PM ET


Incidental and the head isn’t the “principle” point of contact.

Posted by timbits on 12/02/11 at 12:33 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Agree with timbits… no call was the correct… call.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 12/02/11 at 01:25 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

No different than the hit LeTang took from Pacioretty the other night.  I didn’t think Pacioretty should have got anything for that hit nor should Bergenheim for this one.

I expect three games for this.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 12/02/11 at 01:44 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Totally not the same as the hit Letang took… Letang hit was directly to head.  Right call in that instance as well (well by Shanny,  not on the ice).

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 12/02/11 at 01:50 PM ET

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It was shoulder to shoulder first. Whiplash from the collision caused any head impact there might’ve been. It was a good body check on a player in complete control of the puck.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 12/02/11 at 02:51 PM ET


Clean hit. Richards should keep his head up. Richards can dish it out but cries like a baby when he gets hit. Richards is a punk.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 12/02/11 at 02:53 PM ET

Paul's avatar

The league will take no further action.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/02/11 at 04:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Non issue here.  However, Bergenheim didn’t need to make that hit as Richards was already covered.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/02/11 at 04:48 PM ET

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