The Rangers were on the power play when Kaleta cross checked Richards from behind, sending him face-first into the half boards. Kaleta was issued a misconduct penalty, putting his team at a disadvantage — in a 5-on-3 penalty kill situation for more than a minute in a half.
The Rangers wouldn't need that long, however, scoring right off the draw on the 5-on-3, then again during the major penalty just seconds later.
Kaleta was quoted saying he "felt like a bag of garbage" for putting his team in the situation.
Richards was able to return to the game, only missing a shift, but it was still a very dangerous hit and Ranger fans should consider themselves lucky he wasn't seriously injured.
John Tortorella wasn't happy with the hit after the game, calling it a lack of respect.Tags: Brad Richards, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, John Tortorella, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, NHL Player Safety, Patrick Kaleta