Agitator Patrick Kaleta could be facing a suspension after knocking Rangers star Brad Richards into the boards from behind while killing a penalty in the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-2 shootout loss Sunday in New York.
Kaleta was assessed a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct at 3:28 of the third period. Richards grimaced in pain on the ice for a minute or two before skating off.
The Rangers then scored two quick power-play goals to briefly grab the lead.
Opponents loathe Kaleta. The 26-year-old winger’s aggressive play and history of questionable hits have put him under the microscope. It’s unlikely he’ll receive the benefit of doubt from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan.
When Shanahan suspended Kaleta four games for head-butting Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek early last season, he cited several previous incidents.
Update: Kaleta has a 3 p.m. hearing with the NHL, according to reports. Naturally, the hit incensed the Rangers.