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“I’ve heard and read Lindy’s comments. Hopefully, it’s his way of taking pressure off his team.  If not, it’s a lot of whining. Simple as that. Every coach has his tactics. You just worry about yourself. As I said last night, we seem to be the team that’s doing bad things. They seem to be the team that’s on the nice side of all that stuff and they do nothing wrong. It’s tactics. Those are things in the playoffs that coaches use, hopefully to their advantage. I don’t pay much attention to it.”

-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien on Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.  More on the series from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge.

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SYF's avatar

Sort of echoes what Ken Hitchcock said about Lindy Ruff several years ago.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/24/10 at 04:47 PM ET

DigitalGypsy66's avatar

Ruff is easily in the top five for whiniest coaches.

Posted by DigitalGypsy66 on 04/24/10 at 05:06 PM ET

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That’s kind of funny; Julien tries to take the high road, but leaves the whining and moaning to his players.  Boychuk’s comments regarding the hit he took from Myers’ were some of the whiniest of the entire series, while Claude went out of his way to absolve Boychuk after his dirty hit.

And Ruff has every right to complain.  Let’s look at some of the bogus calls (or non-calls) that the Sabres have been subjected to this series:

A) the foul Boychuk two-handed slash on Vanek that led to his getting injured (no way does he go into the boards down on the ice unless he’s slashed by Boychuk).  Boychuk made no attempt to play the puck and laid a two-handed slash across Vanek’s knee; not an accident. Should have been a match penalty.

B) The officials completely missed a hand-pass by Krejci to Satan prior to Satan setting up Chara for the game-winning goal in Game 2. Video here: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlg=20092010,3,132

C) Recchi’s interference on Kennedy, using his stick to knock him to the ice while he’s chasing the puck in Game 3, setting up the game-winning goal.

D) The completely bogus penalties to McCormick and Kaleta early in the third period of Game 4 with Buffalo up two to nothing.  If those are penalties then Recchi’s take-down of Kennedy from Game 3 has to be a penalty as well.  Also in the game, Boston had a completely lop-sided PP advantage in regulation, something along the order of 5-1.  Buffalo completely deserved the too-many men on the ice call in the 2nd OT though.

E) Gaustad’s slash at Chara’s ankle was nowhere near as flagrant as Boychuk’s baseball swing at Vanek’s knee, which Julien called merely a “hockey play”. So to use it as justification for losing your cool after you team had obviously been trying to send a message the last three or four minutes of the game is cheap. But this is the NHL, which has a two-class system; one for stars, who are immune from discipline, and one for the common folk.

Is Buffalo down 3-2 just because of the officiating?  Of course not - 0 for 16 on the PP has a lot to do with it, Miller’s giving up weak goals at critical times doesn’t help, and the failure to Connolly and Roy to show up and join the party hurts too.  Of course there’s no conspiracy - the refs aren’t “favoring” Boston, and they’ve missed calls against Buffalo too.  But in a series this close, those critical calls at key times have left Buffalo feeling a little frustrated, and reflect poorly on the league, I think.

Also, Boston is the team that complained so vociferously about the legal (though dirty) hit on Savard for such a long time that their protestations regarding the “whining” of other teams rings a bit hollow.

Posted by Dan from Pittsburgh, PA on 04/24/10 at 06:42 PM ET

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