BOSTON -- Some of the Bruins werent happy with Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff taking a timeout with 13.6 seconds to go in the third period with the Sabres holding a three-goal lead in a game that had already been decided. Claude Julien said it was within the Sabres coaches right to call for a timeout, and that Ruff should be the one to be asked about the reasoning behind it.
I just played along with it, said Julien. He mightve thought that something was going to happen, which wasnt, but thats probably for him to answer. I dont know.
Brad Marchand was a little rawer in his assessment following the Bruins first regulation loss of the season to a Buffalo team hungry for revenge upon entering the TD Garden Thursday night.
Ruff wants to be a big shot, and it was not the best play to dopretty disrespectful, said Marchand. If he wants to be like that, thats fine and we just have to move on.
The longtime Sabres coach indicated that he didnt call the timeout to show up a Bruins team in a game that had already been decided when Boston was outscored by a 4-to-1 margin in the third period. Instead Ruff said that he was worried the Bruins were going to pull some shenanigans with AHL tough guy Lane MacDermid on the ice for the final shift of the game.
So the Sabres coach called timeout and put 6-foot-8 enforcer John Scott on the ice to close out the game.
When Lane MacDermid was with one of our skill players I didnt want anything to happen, said Ruff. Thats really all it was about.
The Sabres coach was likely on high alert after Scott had injured Shawn Thornton in a fight earlier in the game and Drew Stafford had managed to get away penalty-free on a dirty blow to Dougie Hamiltons head in the third period. But its also highly unlikely in this day and age that the Bruins would attack the Sabres in the closing seconds of a loss when suspensions and fines would be an automatic for a team foolish enough to recreate something out of Slap Shot.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.
*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.
*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.
*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.
*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.
*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.
*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.
*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.
*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?
*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.