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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Bolland hit on Richards raises questions

By Pierre LeBrun



CHICAGO -- Mike Richards appeared a little dazed after getting hammered by Blackhawks center Dave Bolland late in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, although not enough to prevent him from giving a piece of his mind to the refs.

The Kings center yelled at the refs that it was an elbow. No penalty was called on Bolland. Here’s the video of the hit.

Every play that’s even remotely controversial gets reviewed by the player safety group in New York, but a source confirmed to ESPN.com that this one was reviewed but that no hearing was forthcoming.

Bolland felt afterward that it was a clean hit.

"I came through and followed my check. It happens," said Bolland. "... I hit him with my back, my shoulder, I had my elbow down, who knows, right? It’s hockey. It’s a game where you hit. There’s contact. I don’t know what else to say."

Bolland seemed surprised to be asked about it.

"It’s a quick game, it’s a hard-hitting game," said Bolland. "It’s just the way it is. It’s the way the game goes. You get hit. It happens. It’s happened to me."

Richards left without talking to media. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said he hadn’t yet seen the hit.