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Lindy Ruff keeps beating that dead horse over goalie safety

Dec 22, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff AP

Give Lindy Ruff credit, he’ll keep beating the same drum until you can’t stand it anymore.

After seeing Al Montoya get plowed over by Evander Kane recently and Jimmy Howard get run over by Jannik Hansen last night, Ruff went back to sticking to his guns about goalie safety. Thanks to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Ruff is happy to say that he’s right about it still being open season on goalies.

“I turn on TSN this morning and the goalies getting bumped almost falls in that open season category,” Ruff said, referring to the phrase he used when Ryan Miller got drilled by Milan Lucic. “… We’re in danagerous territory with some of that stuff.”

Montoya is out with a concussion, similar to what happened to Miller, while Howard was left to be just steaming mad over continually getting run over in goal as he told Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. As it is, while Ruff comes off sounding like Dana Carvey’s “Grumpy Old Man” from Saturday Night Live at times, he’s sort of got a point.

Of course, a lot of these issues with goalies getting run over would end if defensemen would do their job keeping them away from the net, but that’s distracting from the story.

  1. bcisleman - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Last year, Matt Cooke deliberately ran Rick DiPietro not once, not twice, but three times in one game, was penalized each time and was not benched…which tells me that either Bylsma cannot control his players or that he ordered Cooke to run RDP. This incident led to a confrontation between Cooke and RDP on 2/2/11 which led to the goalie fight which led to the 2/11/11 brawlgame.

    The recent Montoya injury marks the second time he has been injured by an opposing player and the third time an Islander goalie has been injured by an opposing player this year. In each instance, an Islander goalie was deliberately run by an opposing player.

    If the NHL does not step in and protect goalies, their teammates will. This will lead to more brawlgames. Is that what the NHL wants? After the 2/11/11 episode, the hypocrisy was so thick, you could cut it with a knife. If the NHL does not act now, then it loses all standing to criticize teams who act to protect their teammates.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      Running the goalie wasn’t a problem before. It is now, thanks to the Sabres making a big deal out of it.

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Ironic that Lindy’s doing this since when Miller was hit he was halfway to the blue line.

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