Kukla's Korner Hockey
from the CP via NHL.com,
Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL for his tirade at the end of Friday night’s 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Ruff, who was also assessed a gross misconduct, was irate with on-ice officials for what he perceived were two missed calls late in the game.
from the Buffalo News,
The rating for the Buffalo Sabres’ second- round opener with the New York Rangers on Versus Wednesday was more shocking than any comment made by the Rangers’ Sean Avery.
The game had a 25.2 rating, which is about 2 1/2 times what the Sabres’ first-round series with the New York Islanders averaged on MSG even though it was competing with a two-hour edition of “American Idol” (15.9).
more ratings news…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
“They probably think it’s over. That’s OK,” said Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on a Martin Straka power-play goal 10:08 into the first period that gave the Rangers their first lead of the series at 1-0.
“A series can change with one play, with one period. You never know,” he said.
Jagr might well have been talking about this game as much as his team’s chances of reversing the flow of this suddenly one-sided series.
from the Hockey News,
Seconds after the Sabres secured a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 Friday, Ruff blew a gasket as he flew off the Sabres bench to complain to game officials about a blown offside call in the final six seconds—which led to a Rangers desperation shot on goal—and about a Rangers too-many-men-on-the-ice infraction that was botched by the referees in the dying minutes.
Ruff was waving his arms and screaming at anything dressed in black and white stripes….
God bless you for scoring, Jeff Cowan. And god bless you, too, J-S Giguere, for allowing a goal at such a strange angle.
fro Buffalo Business First,
A quick Google search found Zakowicz’ unofficial site among more than 600 Sabres-related sites and blogs. Those include the team site, Sabres.com, and unofficial ones such as Sabresreport.com, Sabreslegends.com and NewBlueandGold.com.
All boast Sabres facts and updates. Some go one step further by offering highlight clips of TV broadcasts originating from “Hockey Night in Canada,” the MSG Network or NBC.
In legal terms, blogging or running a Sabres-related site is perfectly legal - a First Amendment right. But when unofficial sites use official logos, game footage and images - as many do, including Zakowicz’ - copyright questions arise.
“It’s difficult to police, but we are doing the best we can,” said Michael Gilbert, Sabres’ director of public relations.
via the Toronto Sun,
He said he never intended to rile the top-seeded Sabres by questioning their status as a legitimate Cup favourite before the series started. Renney’s line “they’re not the cream of the crop” was gobbled up and spat out by media and players alike in these parts.
“You have to be more calculated in what you offer up,” Renney said. “You’d expect the same from your players.
“I’m most disappointed because those weren’t my words. I was asked the question, ‘Do you think Buffalo is the cream of the crop?’ The answer was misconstrued. But (the fallout) is like sticking a tennis ball up a tail pipe.”
From James Fink at ‘Business First’,
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, in his first visit to Buffalo in more than one year, remains impressed with the Sabres turnaround—both on and off the ice.
Bettman was in town to catch Wednesday’s opening game of the Sabres - New York Rangers playoff series.
As league commissioner, Bettman played a critical role in guiding the Sabres through their bankruptcy period that ran for nearly one year. The Sabres’ financial woes, which emerged in 2002, were the direct result of the accounting scandal that rocked former owner John Rigas, his family and Adelphia Communications Corp., the cable TV company he founded.
At the height of the scandal, the NHL took over ownership of the Sabres and kept the team afloat…
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,
There is nothing like a little hatred to get a team going in the playoffs, according to Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. In other words, if Sean Avery didn’t exist, they would have had to invent him.
You could say that this was a classic case of an agitator agitating in reverse, although no one did say it after the Sabres beat Avery and the Rangers, 5-2, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. Neither side acknowledged that by talking big before the series, Avery might have stirred the Sabres into something bigger.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres knocked off the Ted Nolan-coached New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. They’re not looking past the Rangers, but it shouldn’t stop anybody else. If Buffalo can dispatch New York and Ottawa beats New Jersey, the Sabres would reacquaint themselves with Senators General Manager John Muckler.
Of course, this journey wouldn’t be complete without Dominik Hasek. The Dominator was back to his old tricks in Detroit. He helped keep the Red Wings’ hopes for another Stanley Cup alive when they beat the Calgary Flames in the first round.
Reminder for first-time riders on the Sabres’ bandwagon and anybody who hasn’t graduated from high school: Nolan, Muckler, Hasek and Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn were embroiled in a power struggle for the ages after Buffalo won the Northeast Division title in 1997.
from the New York Times,
Renney expressed doubts that the Sabres, who finished with the league’s best record during the regular season, were the “cream of the crop.” And the voluble Avery said he would be out to “hurt” the Sabres.
“It’s psychological warfare,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said. “I don’t think anybody in here is going to play that game.”
He added: “We’re just going to worry about hockey. We’re not going to worry about the off-ice, in-between-whistles stuff, which is apparently what they’ve already started.”
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at email@example.com