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With Kaleta on the sidelines, Rangers' focus likely to stay on another win

By Mike Harrington

Patrick Kaleta has two more games left on his NHL suspension so any retribution he might face from the New York Rangers will have to wait until the Blueshirts return here April 19. As for tonight, the Rangers have won five of their last six games and plan on making it six out of seven.

"It's over and done with as far as I'm concerned," said Brad Richards, the victim of the Kaleta cross-check the resulted in a game-changing major penalty. "The league took care of what they thought they could take care of and we're here to win a hockey game."

Richards missed two games after the hit and has scored in each of the two games since his return while playing with Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin.

"It was good. I didn't know how I'd feel coming back," Richards said. "To get a goal and help and play with Nasher and Hags, it's good to get right back into the fire like that."

What does coach John Tortorella think?

"None of my business,"Tortorella said today. "I'm worried about our team."

"The Rangers normally play edge," said Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston. "Whether or not they come with more than that, we'll just have to be prepared."


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