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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Richards back on ice

By Katie Strang

After missing practice Monday while recovering from a nasty suspension-earning hit from Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta on Sunday, Brad Richards returned to the ice with the Rangers for the team's morning skate.

Richards did not stay on the ice long, however, so it remains unclear as to whether he will play Tuesday against the Flyers when the Rangers wrap up a four-game homestand.

Richards was visibly shaken up after sustaining the hit in the third period of Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres. But the veteran center returned to the game after Kaleta was tossed with a game misconduct.

On Monday, Kaleta was hit with a five-game ban after a hearing with the NHL's department of player safety.