There is absolutely no truth to the ridiculous notion that the NHL hates Buffalo. It's nothing short of juvenile and paranoid. C'mon, really?!?
I could understand being so extreme if Richards had been seriously hurt but he returned to play and I think he should win an award for his acting!!! I have seen many hits a lot worse and the suspensions were not that severe! !! Seriously - as usual - Buffalo gets the worse consequences!!!
Wow. Only in buffalo would someone get 5 games for that.. Would be 1 or 2 games if it was any other team.
5 games is a bit extreme for the play. Had Richards suffered a real injury then maybe it should be considered. 5 Games for a love tap that Richards embellished is quite ridiculous. Look at the Zolniercyk play. He launched himself into Lundin with intent to injure him, which happened and he only got a 4 game? Oh yeah it is because Lundin isnt a star player. Kaleta shoved Richards down and there is an out cry by others to have Kaleta banned from the game. I believe it was a bad play and he should have been suspended two, maybe three games. But being suspended for longer than someone who deliberately takes off an opponents head, who also gets injured it ridiculous. NHL DPS really needs to look into being consistent and not biased with their decisions.