Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta took a boarding major in the third period of Sunday's game that likely cost Buffalo the contest against the New York Rangers. The penalty might also cost Kaleta a few game checks.
The penalty came just a few minutes into the stanza. Rangers forward Brad Richards was clearing a puck near the board while hunched over when Kaleta charged him and rammed him into the board. Kaleta got the major and was ejected. Richards was down for several minutes but returned during the subsequent power play.
Kaleta is likely to be called before Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's disciplinarian, within the next day or so. Kaleta is no stranger to disciplinary action from the league. He was suspended four games in November 2011 for head-butting a Flyers player. He was also suspended two games in November 2009.
"I don't know what game he plays, actually," Richards said of Kaleta. "He doesn't play hockey to begin with. Same guy, all the time."
Rangers coach John Tortorella said the hit showed a lack of respect on Kaleta's part:
"It's probably one of the most dangerous hits I've ever seen. It's ridiculous."
"It happened pretty quick. It was hard to tell how extreme it was. Pat's a competitor. I'm sure he's disappointed."
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