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Classic Video (1980) - Lindy Ruff vs. Billy Smith

One of my favorite Lindy Ruff clips, and a childhood memory of mine from when he was a player.  Ruff attacks Islanders goaltender Billy Smith after being highsticked during Game 6 of the 1980 Semifinals.


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Vladimir16's avatar

I vaguely remember him and Joe Kocur having a good go back in the day. He’s was a tough customer.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 02/21/13 at 11:39 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Thanks for posting this!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/13 at 11:51 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

I always liked Billy Smith. He was a dirty s.o.b., but he always stood his ground. One of the things I always remember hearing was “fuch you VanHellemond!” The good ole days.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 02/21/13 at 03:04 PM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

You’re welcome red.  Yeah I noticed Van Hellemond was doing this game.  Seemed like he did all of them.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 02/21/13 at 05:56 PM ET

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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