Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sabre's 'personal' comments spur Flyers; Richards not suspended

BUFFALO -- If the Flyers win this pulsating series, they may thank Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta for the inspiration.

Sabre's 'personal' comments spur Flyers; Richards not suspended


BUFFALO -- If the Flyers win this pulsating series, they may thank Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta for the inspiration.

During Sunday's game, Kaleta reportedly made comments to Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell about their divorces.

All Briere would say was that a Sabre "crossed the line" with "personal" comments, and that it gave him motivation.

Briere had two goals, and Hartnell tied the game in the third period as the Flyers won in OT, 5-4, to force a Game 7 Tuesday.

Who wins Game 7?
The Flyers. They’ve got momentum.
The Sabres. They’ve got Ryan Miller.

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The Flyers said Mike Richards did not have a hearing with the NHL Monday, which means he will be in the lineup Tuesday. The Flyers' captain drilled Tim Connolly into the boards Sunday. Connolly hit his head and the Sabres said he will not play in Game 7.

Richards seemed relieved that he gets to play in the decisive game.

Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller had a different reaction.

"I'm still upset," Miller told reporters in Buffalo. "The guy who was complaining the most about how we were getting away with murder has delivered two of the dirtiest hits in the series – a blatant elbow to the face (of Kaleta in Game 4), which is something the league has said they’re trying to take away, and driving Tim Connolly head-first into the boards. It’s wasn’t a just a hit; it was a push. It was blatant.

"I don’t know where to go on this one because it’s a tough game, Richards wants to win. It’s not lost on me that he’s a hard competitor. But obviously that was reckless."

Should be an interesting Game 7, eh?



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