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Richards: Cooke hit was a slewfoot; neck sore, expects to play

Brad Richards (sore neck) said today that Matt Cooke's hit from behind and the side in last night's game was definitely a slewfoot. "I've been in the league long enough to know," said Richards, who termed it "a cheap's not as if he hasn't done it before."

Richards, who fell on his back and hit his head on the ice on the knock midway through the second period, said he had no concussion symptoms. He missed 10 games last year with a concussion.

Today, he said his neck tightened up during the night, but said he saw no reason why he wouldn't  play against the Bruins. He said the neck wasn't the reason he only played 2:39 in the third period.  "That had nothing to do with it."

Coach John Tortorella declined to comment on the play or Richards' comments.

The same six defensemen will play against the Bruins, Tortorella said. Jeff Woywitka, who practiced with a non-contact jersey, said he would not make the trip and skate at the practice center.

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