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Richardson assessed match penalty for high hit on Joseph

Calgary Flames forward Brad Richardson was ejected from Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning after throwing a high hit on opposing forward Mathieu Joseph.

The incident occurred at the 14:41 mark of the second period when Richardson skated across the width of the offensive zone and extended his elbow upward, clipping Joseph’s chin.

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Lightning forward Boris Katchouk immediately reacted to the hit by seizing Richardson, leading to a fight between the two players. Both Richardson and Katchouk were assessed five minutes for fighting, with Katchouk given an additional two-minute minor penalty for instigating and a ten-minute misconduct.

Richardson was assessed a match penalty for his original hit on Joseph, putting the Flames down a man on the ice for five minutes. After Katchouk’s instigator penalty expired, the Lightning enjoyed a continuous three-minute power play with Brett Ritchie serving the remaining balance of Richardson’s major.

The Lightning failed to score on their three-minute advantage. They currently lead the Flames by a 1–0 score after two periods, with Corey Perry’s opening goal coming just two minutes before Richardson’s match penalty.

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The Flames trail the Lightning 27–13 in the shots on goal column through 40 minutes.