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Today’s war of words: Lindy Ruff vs. Mike Richards

Apr 21, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff AP

It seems like everyone’s got something to say in the series between Buffalo and Philadelphia. Ryan Miller has been busy chirping not only the media but his old friend and teammate Daniel Briere. Briere has been saving his shots for the officials after a Game 4 loss to Buffalo. Now you can add Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and Flyers captain Mike Richards to the list of combative speakers.

Earlier today, Ruff spoke out to the media and blew up about how the Flyers were upset about the five-minute major given to captain Mike Richards for elbowing Patrick Kaleta and Ruff is frankly tired of hearing about.

Given that Lindy Ruff strikes us as the sort of guy that doesn’t have a high tolerance for complaining in the first place, hearing him snap off today doesn’t surprise us in the least.

“I just feel that they’re doing a lot of whining,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said at his Thursday press conference. “They’re really doing a lot of whining.

“I didn’t hear any whining when they had 10 power plays in Philly, and I didn’t hear any whining when the power plays in the first game were lopsided. But all of a sudden there’s all this whining about, ‘We’re getting away with murder.’

“That’s a bunch of crap. That’s for the media. That’s for the officials to read. That’s, ‘Here, let’s get the next call.’ That’s a bunch of crap. Let’s just play.”

Simmer down now big Lindy, Mike Richards had a few words of his own he wanted to get off his chest about what you said. Consider hostilities to be elevated between these two.

“That’s fine, that’s fine, we’re focused on tomorrow night,” Richards said of Ruff’s remark. “He seems to have a way with the media.

“He does this, I think, every time they’re in the playoffs. We’re just focused on tomorrow night, getting a good start and getting our licks in on some of their good players and not worry about the other stuff.”

Shots fired and shots returned.

The craziest part of all this is that both sides have a point. Everyone is politicking to get things to go their way and in this series, both teams have been running afoul of the rules a lot. The Sabres have been hit for 30 penalties so far in the playoffs, tied with Anaheim for most in the playoffs. Philadelphia isn’t too far behind them with 28 penalties of their own.

The problem for Philly has been they’ve been poor at converting on the power play scoring just 9.5% of the time while the Sabres have had a lot more success comparatively scoring on 15.8% of their power plays. Those marks aren’t outstanding given the sample size of games in the playoffs, but they’ve been giving each other enough opportunities to score while up a man (or two) that both sides should probably just shut up and play.

  1. spiffy53 - Apr 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    it’s rich hearing about whining from Linda Huff. he was a whiner his entire career.

  2. airplayful - Apr 21, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Linda Huff? Oh I get it, you applied the feminine aliteration to his name to imply that he whines like you assume women do. I see what you did. Cool story, bro.

    • spiffy53 - Apr 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      bro? your so street it’s scary.

  3. emperor83 - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    If the refs have been supporting ANYONE this series, it’s the Flyers. Hartnell flat out smashes into Miller and Miller gets an interference call. Then one calls a game down the middle in game 4 and Darla Briere and Michelle Richards have something to say about it. Figured with Fairydelphia. It’s called the “City of Brotherly Love” for a reason *coughincestcough*

    P.S. spiffy, it’s nice to see you keep coming back to repeatedly rate up your own comments. I say this because There can’t be anyone else on Earth with a brain as melted as yours…

    • skimmer0220 - Apr 22, 2011 at 8:05 AM

      not to mention the punch and slash on Carcillo by Miller and he gets a 2 minuet penalty, and some how Carcillo got thrown into the box, I didn’t really understand how a player that get’s punched and slashed get’s thrown into the box, but hell the refs had there heads up there but’s all night because if you couldn’t notice Richy was def. trying to defend himself and year right he was def. trying to hurt Kaleta oh yea what happens when a player covers the puck in the crease? Automatic penalty shot but what happened in that game? nothing, with 5 minuets to go no penalty shot and a obvious covering of the puck by Buffalo in the crease but we’ll let it go

      and way to be real mature and try to give all the Flyers players girl names, How old are we again? is this junior high?

  4. pftbillsfan - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Lindy Ruff said it the best, Flyers are wine ass douche bags. Well thats what he meant anyways

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