Flyers captain Mike Richards drew a controversial five minute major for an elbow on Patrick Kaleta in last night's game four of the Eastern conference quarterfinals. While there was no doubt that it was an elbow to the head, the circumstances of it seem fairly embarrassing to the NHL. For the Penguins Chris Kunitz to get 2 minutes for a blatant, head hunting elbow on Simon Gagne two nights ago and Richards to get five minutes for a defensive shot is hard to explain. Kunitz was suspended for his elbow. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see if the NHL takes any action against Richards.
Here's the video, you can judge for yourself... but a suspension would seem to be harsh.