Sabres’ Kaleta Cheap Shots Richards, Sparks Rangers Win
Compelling stuff there from early Oscar favorite Brad Richards. Don’t get me wrong, Kaleta’s cross check was unnecessarily lazy and as cheap as a jew at a Walmart, but that toss off the gloves and writhe around in pain act reeked of soccer player. Replays showed that Richards was lucky not to break his neck, but to take that kind of hit and miss only one shift? Lucky is one way to put it. Embellished is another. Who knows, concussion symptoms sometimes don’t show up for a couple days so #19′s health is not in the clear just yet. But if that whole reaction was hammed up for the extra 3 minutes of power play time, then bravo sir.
And who’d have thought the easiest way to fix the power play would be to injure Brad Richards. The guy’s been awful at quarterbacking since he got here. Forcing passes, standing still, telegraphing shots. Force him off the ice in order to sell a possibly faked injury and bam, two power play goals in less than a minute. He’s been a lot better overall since moving to a line with Nash and Hagelin, but making that change would turn my Grandma into Wayne Gretzky so who’s to say whether he’s truly woken up for the long run. This team is still reading its own press before the games are even won though. They take a great power play effort and let it turn them cocky before the whole thing’s soured by a short handed goal. Once they figure out how to protect leads by expanding them, look out East. @PhilOsgood
PS – Wrote this for the stool yesterday, when it was relevant, never got posted. Five game suspension. You all know this.