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Richards misses practice with stiff neck

Rangers forward Brad Richards sat out Rangers practice Friday morning with a stiff neck.

The 31-year-old center went down hard after Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke tripped him during Thursday's 4-1 loss. Richards told reporters Friday that he thought the play was "cheap" but expects to play Saturday against the Bruins.

No tripping penalty was called on the ice, but the play was reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety. The play apparently did not meet the threshold of a traditional slew-foot, so Cooke, a repeat offender, is not expected to receive any supplementary discipline.