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Marchand calls Buffalo’s late timeout “disrespectful”

Feb 1, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

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Last night’s terrific game between the Sabres and Bruins at TD Garden, won 7-4 by the visitors, had almost everything a hockey fan could want.

And for those hockey fans that enjoy controversial timeouts, it had one of those too.

The timeout was called by the Sabres with 13.6 seconds remaining in the game, right after Jason Pominville had scored into an empty net to give his team an insurmountable lead.

Then came the controversial part — big John Scott skating out onto the ice for Buffalo.

Earlier in the game, Scott had concussed Boston tough guy Shawn Thorton in a fight that, if you bought what the pre-game hype was selling, was intended to send a message that the Sabres would no longer be bullied by the Bruins.

What did the B’s think of the move by Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff?

“He wants to be a big shot, and it was not the best play to do…pretty disrespectful,” said Brad Marchand, per “If he wants to be like that, that’s fine and we just have to move on.”

Ah, but Ruff says he wasn’t doing it “to be a big shot.” He was doing it because Boston had sent one of its own pugilists, Lane MacDermid, out for the faceoff.

“When MacDermid was with one of our skill players I didn’t want anything to happen,” said Ruff. “That’s really all it was about.”

Ruff got what he wanted when the game ended peacefully, and the Sabres got the two points they badly needed.

Fortunately, fans won’t have to wait long until the teams meet again — Buffalo hosts Boston next Sunday.

  1. martysbetter - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Marchand for the Lady Byng!

  2. tyler4richardson - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Because sending out a tougher line to deal with a frustrated Bruins team who loves to fight is disrespectful.

    • sabatimus - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Please. There was so little time left on the clock that it didn’t matter in the slightest. This is precisely why I took issue with Ruff’s timeout–it’s a slap in the face. If you want to see a REAL slap in the face, go look at Cam Neely laying Ruff out on YouTube.

      • blitzburghbrian - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        13.6 seconds is a really long time to take a cheap shot at some guys.

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Please. Any time left on the clock means the players on the ice have a chance to start something if they want to.

        Julien put a goon out on the ice so Ruff changed his lines.

        Nothing to see here folks – beyond Brad Marchand (incorrectly of course) running his mouth – time to move on..

      • pepper2011 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        @babych – who did Julien put on the ice? Lane Macdermid? c’mon now; you’re better than that. A kid who has played a grand total of 5 NHL is not going to do anything like that. Paille was already out, Thornton was out, and Bergeron was hurt. Say what you want the Bruins are not that type of team. If you push them, they will punch you, but they are not going to start an all out brawl at the end of a game for no reason. they game wasn’t overly chippy or anything like that. Julien is not that type of coach. I know you understand the game and that was a salt in the wound move on Ruff’s part. It amazes me teams have not learned to stop instigating the Bruins. they play better angry.

      • gospitfires - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Pepper-is that a joke about MacDermid? the guy has 40 fights in 3 AHL seasons including this one, and was a fighter in the OHL. Buffalo simply responded to Bostons lineup. had the first line of Boston finished the game, perhaps the time out is not called and the vanek line finishes the game.

      • maddenp6 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        @Pepper2011 “the Bruins are not that type of team.”??? Are you serious? They are one of the dirtiest teams in the league. They pull “disrespectful” moves all the time. The Bruins are exactly the type of team to start a brawl at the end of a game the got beat in.

      • maddenp6 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Massholes are hilarious…

      • pepper2011 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        I didn’t say Macdermid wasn’t a fighter. I said he’s not gonna blow his chance in the NHL especially with Thornton injured. He’s 23 and not of those 40 fights 3 of them was in the third period, and one was in the last 5 minutes. I Don’t understand why everyone says they are dirty and cheap. Marchand has had his moments, no doubt – every boston fan will admit that. NOBODY else could even come close to having that reputation. Everyone says Lucic, but guys who are dirty don’t get voted toughest player in the NHL. I don’t see Raffi, Kaleta, Cooke or legimate cheapshot artists on that list. I get the Marchand thing really, but what has a Bruin done (besides marchand) that could be considered dirty? anyone? Lucic/Miller ok. I think he hit him,but that wasn’t his intention. he was chasing the puck and realized he going to run into him and lowered his shoulder. Don’t get me wrong he probably could have avoided it or at least the severity of the impact, but he everyone acts like he was just sitting in his crease minding his business. I still don’t think he saw him until he reached the face off circle, he isn’t the most agile guy and he was moving 30mph. could he have avoided, yes. I’d be pissed if it was my teams goalie. I could find Marchand’s 3 dirty plays and Lucic’s run of Miller for a total of 4. name a team and I will find 4 dirty plays for any other team in the league over the past 2+ seasons. I understand you all like your teams and are homers. I am too, but i have the ability to be objective. Giroux is awesome; probably the best player in the league (I HATE Philly). Price is one of the best goalies in the league ( I hate the HABS more). There is a difference between dirty and annoying. Marchand short jabbing Sedin is not dirty; it’s annoying. Marchand slew footing Niskanen is dirty. Burrows poking Thomas is annoying. Burrows biting Bergeron is dirty. Get it? The difference is if you agitate or annoy the B’s they will punch you twice as hard as you poked them. it’s like that friend, or older brother we all had that when you flicked his ear or annoyed them would punch you a little too hard in the arm. Guess what- you learned pretty quickly that it’s not worth it. It’s funny you can always tell what fan bases call the B’s dirty; MTL, VAN, Buff, Pitt. It’s never the organizations who are also tough to play against (Philly, Chicago, STL, NYR, DET, LA). It’s like the teams with the whiny “superstars” who can’t win are mad cause the hardworking grinding teams who combine skill and toughness seem to keep winning. Seriously who would you rather have Rupp, Thornton, Clifford, Hendriks or guys who waste roster space like Scott or Volpatti. Whine on. whine on. meanwhile the six teams I mentioned as tough will be have won the cup each of the last 3 years and two of those teams more than likely with be in finals again this year.

      • pepper2011 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        here is what Claude Julien said:
        “Maybe the only thing I’m disappointed in is the fact that he thought I sent MacDermid out, if that’s his explanation,” Julien said. “Anybody who knows me knows better than that. I don’t do that in the last seconds. This isn’t my style. Nor is it wise to do those kinds of things. I just sent that line out to finish the game. But he wanted to be cautious. I’m not a coach who’ll send out a guy that can fight against the other team’s top player and beat him up with 20 seconds left. Certainly wasn’t going to happen.”

        And I will ask. when has a fighter on the Bruins just started punching an unwilling, unknowing star player?

        answer: probably never, but not since Milbury (maybe Keanan) was the coach. Ruff knows this. Already down 3 guys it’s just a stupid move, plus I think horton was on the ice who they definitely don’t want getting into line brawls .

    • clbrett06 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM


    • pepper2011 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Really? They weren’t that frustrated. I don’t think they expected to win 48 games.

  3. capesouth - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Bruins haters unite! The reason you all flip out with anything related to the Bruins is because you respect them, you just won’t admit it. As for all the Lucic BS. He ended the issue last year when he pummeled Gaustad. Somehow you all keep forgetting that. Just because the Sabres fell apart last year doesn’t mean he needs to continue to fight every player that wants to step up. It’s over. Deal with it.

    • rfcdubya - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      no one challenged lucic last night…just two guys that are on each team for the sole reason of protecting everyone else going at it, nothing wrong with protecting skilled players at the end of a game. Im pretty sure they are over it, just ask Vanek.

      • sabatimus - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        The crazy part about last night’s game was that the Bruins played quite well, though the score doesn’t show it. It took a hatty by Vanek plus some stellar moves by the Sabres and an ENG at the end to create that score. The B’s played their butts off but the Sabres were simply better.

      • madtolive5 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        The B’s were pretty terrible last night. Actually both teams kind of were.
        They made so many mistakes which lead to Buffalo chances and you cannot defend a breakaway chance turning into a 5-3 penalty kill with in 10 seconds.
        You have to convert and make the 4-1.

      • nunan - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        All legit responses. I thought the Bs defense was pretty bad, which is uncharacteristic. As for Lucic, that’s correct, I didn’t see anyone challenge him but for some reason all these fools jump all over him like he ‘sent Thornton out to do his dirty work’ or that ‘he is too scared to fight his own battle’. What battle? The issue with Miller was over a year ago. Lucic stepped up and fought Gaustad. That was it..but despite the fact he fought gaustad, despite the fact he wins 99% of his fights, he is backing down and he is a pansy…go figure.

    • bdrs17 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      You mad, bro?

      • sunderlanding - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Seriously people have to stop using that phrase. Not only does it make you seem like a pathetic teenager. It’s not even creative. At least try to come up with something original. You’re just a poster boy for bad internet expressions. Copy and paste because you can’t come up with anything on your own. Let me guess you’re going to paste it again in reply to this? Enjoy.

      • nunan - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        I think this phrase is more a reflection of this kid’s age than anything. Pretty easy to peg people who use phrases like this.

      • bdrs17 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Says the angry internet guy

      • drewzducks - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        FF to 1:55

  4. 19to77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, meet pot.

  5. Stiller43 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    How the hell is that disrespectful?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Yeah I didn’t see anything wrong with it either – no matter WHAT Ruff’s intentions were.

    • missthemexpos - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      I find it disrespectful how athletes overuse the word disrespectful these days!

  6. duster1982 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    To gain respect, you have to show respect.
    Hence the Bruins deserve none.

    • nunan - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM


      • duster1982 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Yes, everyone is jealous of the Bruins, thats why they hate them. Funny tho, you see this with no other team that won the Cup. Dont see anyone posting about how disgusting the Kings are….

        Hmmmmm, maybe because it just might be that the team is a bunch of disrespectful, cheap shot, tools?

      • nunan - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Point is everyone is hypocritical. The Bruins have a reputation for tough hockey. They fight, hit, get into it after the whistle. All legal stuff. But then because they whoop up on your team, you classify them as cheap shot artists when in reality, you would LOVE to have your team be that exciting and emotionally involved. Another thing on this whole ‘cheap’ shot falsehood…how is it they are so cheap and dirty yet they never get reprimanded? They aren’t any more penalized than any other team for being ‘cheap’. It is all just a bandwagon people like to jump on bc they can’t think for themselves. This guy says they are dirty so it must be true. If you actually watched them play night in and night out, you would have a more informed opinion.

    • sabatimus - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      That’s a mighty big spoked-B-shaped closet you’re currently residing in.

  7. cowboys282 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    As a Bruins fan I am flattered how much we are in the Sabres heads.

    That was probably the biggest game the Sabres play all year. They sure celebrated like it. Good for them.

    We have the playoffs to worry about. They can have there January 31st glory. Sabres are small time hockey. Barely a thought in any Bruins fans mind.

    • duster1982 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      So deep in the Sabres heads? howd that work out for you last night?
      If thats the case, keep it up!

      • nbangor - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        The Bruins are in the heads of the Sabres and Sabres fans/bruins haters like duster1982 in the following manner: The Sabres are obsessed with the Bruins, whereas the Bruins consider (rightfully so) the Sabres another one of those middle-of-the-pack teams that the Bruins have no concerns about stomping in the eastern conference playoffs if the Sabres even make the playoffs. This was the biggest game of the year for the Sabres, which is kind of sweet in a sad way for the Sabres. I was at the TD Garden watching the game last night, and as I told some of the Sabres fans at the end that game is probably the highlight of the season for the Sabres, whereas the Bruins will move on and continue to be the best team in the Eastern Conference and focus on getting to the Stanley Cup final, which is incredibly unrealistic for the Sabres, hence why the Sabres can play a regular season game at Boston as if it is their game 7 because there will be no game 7 for the Sabres.

        Here’s why the Bruins lost: Scott obliterated Thornton 2 minutes into the game and the Bruins looked timid for the rest of the game and did not play physical at all, which is what they do best (BTW.. many comments on here seem to label the bruins as ‘disrespectful rats’ when really aren’t they just a tough team that is tougher than 95% of the other teams in the NHL? Yes Marchand is a total rat, but almost every team has one of those, see slue-foot-jeff-skinner…it takes a lot to get Patrice Bergeron, one of the classiest and hardworking players in the NHL to lose his cool, but Skinner did that with a slue foot just the other night, so don’t lose perspective everyone….your team has a Marchand… Steve Ott Sabres fans??)

        After Scott intimidated the Bruins the game was played in the style of Buffalo, and boy did the Bruins defense look like terrible, Dougie Hamilton had by far his worst game of the season, and there were countless 2-on-1’s for the Sabres.

        Bottom line is kudos to the Sabres on this one, this was their ‘super bowl’ and their emotions were sky-high. The flip side of that is this was just another regular season game against an average team who had come in losing 4 in a row and the Bruins just had an off night, the big games for the Bruins come in may and June.

        Keep up the irrational comments though, Bruins-haters, reading those gives me practice in picking out logical fallacies in arguments which is one of my hobbies as a Skeptic.

        (Prediction: This post will have 30 thumbs down within two hours from the PHT bruins haters army!)

  8. cfol44 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I saw the game last night from start to finish, Boston D was discusting!!! Flat out a joke, Ference seems to mess up every game so far this year and it always leads to a goal. It finally hurt in a game this season, Big Z got undressed 3-4 times last night, he looks a step or two slower this year then he has in the past. I felt bad for Tukka, they totally did nothing for him last night, knowbody paid the price, knowbody got put on there rear after scoring, it was a joke!!!
    That’s why they lost last night, that and no skill Lucic not being able to stuff 1 or 2 of the 6 chances he had 3 feet in front of Miller. I love Lucic, but he has very little skill, it’s always the same thing, 5 hole, if it’s not open, no chance!!!
    But, what that dirtbag Ruff did at the end of the game was a punch in the face to the Bruins. The time out was just a slap in the face after a beat down that Buffalo should have done last year, but couldn’t, so he did it this year instead. They still suck though, there D stinks, one scoring line, and Ott, he is more trouble than what he’s worth!!! Ruff, keep this in mind, you guys play 4 more times this year, please don’t think this will happen every game!!! This game should have been over at the end of period one if Lucic had ANY skill in his hands at all!!!!

    • duster1982 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      so humble in defeat….

      • bigblackzaranek - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        i seem to remember an injury depleted sabres team also winning by a score of 6-0 last year while simultaneously “poking the bear”

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I’m still confused on why Ruff wouldn’t want to deliver a “punch the face to the Bruins”…although it sounds like he had every reason to do what he did?

      What respect does Ruff owe Boston, given the respect level that Boston has shown for the Sabres?

      Why is Boston crying over this?

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Your use of the English language is disrespectful.

  9. jaybird22seven - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Marchand your a complete idiot. You have no right to even open your mouth you little rat !!!!

  10. steverolley - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Getting pretty tired of Marchand running his mouth on a daily basis.

    Fact: Marchand is probably the 6th or 7th best player on the Bruins

    Fact: If it wasn’t for Lucic or any of the other big boys on the Bruins Marchand would have gotten his head caved in by now

    Marchand needs to shut up and play, like his teammates (you know the guys who protect his tiny ass) and stop crying about everything.

    • gino97 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      people like u r sickening because if he was wearing ur teams sweater u would love him.

  11. kgun80 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Seriously of all the players that Boston has.. Dirtbag supreme Marchand is the last guy to say what is disrespectful. Ruff didn’t want his skill players getting in a bad situation. It’s a valid time out.. He can’t say his real reason which is Ruff knows that Boston dirtbags will attack smaller players.. So put the big guy outgo discourage them.

  12. duster1982 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Also, for those that dont know, the Bruins were auctioning off an autographed picture of Lucic running Miller.

    Look in the mirror before complaining about ANYONE else being disrespectful.

  13. capsfan19 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Ha ha ha marchand…. Respect!! Ahhhh ha ha ha.
    Dont make me laugh…

  14. botlecap - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    it was either disrespectful, incompetent, or both – and ruff admits as much. don’t get me wrong, the guy is a very good hockey coach, but seriously… c’mon man.

    if he had respect for his opponent, he wouldn’t be worried about who a coach was sending out or what a player was going to do with 13 seconds left and being down three goals. it’s also pretty disrespectful to insinuate that macdermid has no skill – true as it may be, it’s not the kind of thing the coach of another team ought to be saying.

    why would the bruins send out “skill players” in that situation anyway? and for that matter what the heck was ruff thinking with the guys he originally put on the ice?

    what exactly occurred in that game for ruff to be worried about “anything” happening? thornton and scott did what they needed to and everyone else played the game. there was nothing controversial or contentious and i’m pretty sure the bruins don’t start fights or attempt to injure in the last twenty seconds of a game just because they are about to (and deserve to) lose.

    • duster1982 - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      You dont get it, do you?
      Its all about “what if”
      Is there a history between these 2 teams? YES
      A years ago in the playoffs, Boston was about to lose a game, so Chara just jumped players. So throw out that argument.
      Is 13 seconds enough time for a fight? YES
      Did Ruff know if one would happen? NO, but better safe than sorry.

      Boston JUST brought a guy up from the AHL that lead the team in PIM and was on the ice. Might as well take the time out and make sure nothing happens.

      Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill….

      • botlecap - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        so then you agree it was incompetence? as i said, if ruff is so concerned with and afraid of what those scary big bad bruins might do to his “skill players” in that situation, then why did he put them on the ice in the first place? if he didn’t think about it until after the fact than he has got to do a better job of managing the end of a game. if he had, nobody would know how little he respect he had for the bruins. anyway, isn’t protecting their skill players and intimidating the opponent the reason they got scott and co.?

        i think though, that it is you that doesn’t get it. the disrespect isn’t in taking action to protect a player, it is in assuming boston won’t just take a regular season loss in a game they played like dirt for what it is and move on. ruff assumed instead that he needed to be worried about something – that the professionals on the other bench were going to turn into a mob of goons. these teams play each other what? four more times this season? he’s worried about thirteen seconds?

        again, c’mon man.

  15. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Good to see Boston fans in these comments are doing their part to beat the stereotype of being salty, excuse laden homers!

    • nbangor - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      excuses for what? I don’t make any excuses for being a fan of one of the toughest (without being dirty i.e. no Steve Ott, Pronger, Cooke etc.) and most successful teams of recent years.

      For the record I have no problem with Lindy’s timeout.

  16. sjm1717 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I like Marchand but he whines about everything…follow your own advice and move on. Why say anything?

  17. kgun80 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Seriously I’m sick of smug Boston fans.. This was not the Sabers Superbowl.. It was an important divisional game we needed to get off of the losing streak. And really Boston has no dirty players.. Well you must not be a good fan because apparently you don’t know who Marchand is..slew foot cheap shot artist.( and yes if he was on my team I probably would like him) but don’t pretend the guy doesn’t play dirty. Yes the Bs are a very good team but that doesn’t mean that every other team is garbage and has no chance.. That’s the kind of attitude that leads to losing to 3rd string goalies on 7th ranked teams

  18. kgun80 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    If Ruff was “incompetent” he would have left his skill players out and not put Scott on the ice.. Sports are cyclical and the last 10 years have been great for Boston fans. I can’t wait until the cycle turns so all you smug Boston fans will shut up. And the sad fact is there are a lot of classy fans in beantown I have been there for quite a few events, but it’s always the idiots that stick out!

  19. themagicfanguy - Feb 2, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Bruins are the better team. They’ll win when it counts, except against the Bolts since they are going to win the Cup!

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