BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres looks on during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at HSBC Arena on November 6, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
BOSTON — Many thought Thursday night’s Bruins-Sabres game would begin with some fireworks and controversy. However, it was what happened in the game’s final seconds that have some people talking.
Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff called a timeout with just 13.6 seconds to play and his team leading 7-4. Ruff defended the move by saying he didn’t like having Lane MacDermid, a noted fighter, lined up against one of his own skill guys.
So, he called timeout and changed things up, which involved sending John Scott over the bench to keep the peace, so to speak.
That didn’t go over with at least one Bruins player.
“Yeah, [Ruff] wants to be a big shot, and that’s not the best play to do,” Brad Marchand said. “That’s pretty disrespectful. If he wants to be like that, that’s fine. We just have to move on.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien was a little less agitated with the move, but just as confused.
“I don’t know. I don’t know why he took it. I really don’t know. He’s entitled to it, so you just play along with it. He might have thought something was gonna happen, which wasn’t. But that’s probably for him to answer. I don’t know.”