Patrick Kaleta's from-behind hit on Brad Richards on Sunday night coast the Buffalo Sabres five games.
NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan handed down the penalty Monday evening. He cited Richards' defenselessness and Kaleta's history as a two-time offender in handing down the suspension:
"Kaleta is in total control on this play and had ample time to make a better decision."
Kaleta said earlier Monday he felt like a "bag of garbage" for the situation he put the team in. His subsequent boarding major led to two Rangers goals and let them take the game into overtime before New York won in the shootout.
He will also forfeit $76,219.25. The five-game suspension is the maximum penalty available for hearings conducted by phone. The suspension represents more than one-tenth of the shortened 48-game season. Kaleta is eligible to return to Buffalo's March 17 game at Washington. He remains part of Buffalo's 23-man roster through the suspension.
Richards returned to Sunday's game during the five-minute power play. He missed Monday's practice.
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