You will not be able to sleep at night ! Its 3:30 in the Morning and I am tossing and turning and cant sleep. I was with my wife and Father In Law late last night and they made me 3 cups of Indian Chai Tea and now I am wired.
Ok the playoffs are in Full Swing, I know allot of Maple Leaf fans are rooting for some teams to help their Draft Pick selections (Versteeg to the FLYERS means that some people are rooting for Buffalo) while some people just cannot stand Buffalo (one person says Buck Fuffalo ! I love it ! )
I have been watching NHL Network hoping that I can fall asleep but no luck. I have been pondering some hockey thoughts however. One of which I think is keeping me up even more is the Mike Richards hit on Tim Connolly.
On the check by Mike Richards into Tim Connolly (made of tissue paper I swear.) .. does anyone think he will get suspended by the league going into a crucial game 7 or not ?
Richards was assessed a 2 minute penalty during the game. No Game Misconduct or anything, However,.. We all know how the league is cracking down on hits on the head and Richards was also given a 5 min Major in Game 4 (Bullcrap call) for lifting his arm and hitting Kaleta. Now it was a last minute lifting of the arm to protect himself. You be the judge of the call with the link below.
Of course with the injury to Tim Connolly who has a history of concussions, and the previous 5 Minute Major Penalty on Richards, it has made some Buffalo Sabres Players to be upset. Below is an insert from the BuffaloNews.com website article. ...
"If Mike Richards thinks we’re getting away with murder, I don’t know what he just got away with," Sabres goalie Ryan Miller said. "Mass murder? Are we stepping it up a notch? Unbelievable. We lose a player for the rest of the game. That’s the kind of hit the league has been talking about that’s dangerous. They better seriously consider looking at that one. It’s unbelievable."
Said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff: "Tim’s not doing very good. That’s something the league definitely has to take a look at. It’s a lack of respect for another player on the ice. It’s from behind. It’s headfirst. It’s a tough play. We lost a good player.
"I think if the league looks at it the way I saw it on video, they may lose a good player, too. That’ll be even, too."
Here is the Video Link on Youtube. You can see Richards grab Connolly and ride him into the boards and at the last second let go and lift his arms up in the air. Now maybe a holding call, an Interference call possibly could have been called, or the call that was made during the game which was Boarding for 2 minutes. I feel that the right call was made. I feel bad that a player was injured but there was no intent by Richards to hit the head of Connolly or a raising of the elbow so I feel that was the right call. I also believe in Karma. Or what comes around goes around. Not that I am happy that Connolly was injured but I feel that If Mike Richards is not suspended its not only the right call but it almost makes up for the B.S. call for the 5 minute major on Kaleta. Its ironic because on the 5 minute major call, Kaleta was right back out there on the ice unscathed, yet, Connolly never returned and is questionable for game 7 with the 2 minute Boarding call on Richards.
However, knowing the leagues crack down on Hits to the Head to prevent Concussions, .. Richards Reputation (David Booth) and previous 5 minute major call in game 4 to Kaleta, Do you think that the NHL will suspend Team Captain Mike Richards going into an all important Game 7 with all the Marbles on the line ? Do you agree with the Call made during the game ?